"The BMW Concept Compact Sedan reveals the potential we see in a compact sedan," said Adrian van Hooydonk, vice president of BMW Group Design. "The quality and intrinsic value...are clear signals of our premium intentions for the car."

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The concept is a response to China's growing market for compact cars that are short on neither style nor substance.

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Were it to come to market, it would likely do so as a 1 Series sedan, a complement to the 2 Series compact coupe already on sale around the world.

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Rear-end design elements like the thinned-out taillights and chrome strip along the lower part of the bumper are also seen on the brand's all-new 7 Series flagship.

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The interior looks equally production-ready as the exterior, with the same focus on horizontal arrangement as other cars in BMW's lineup.

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That giant crystal shift knob won't likely make it to production.

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LED headlight elements allow for even slimmer headlights than other current vehicles in the lineup.

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Orange ambient lighting and design elements pay homage to the color that's been a staple of BMW's interior lighting for decades.

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The taillights are LED, too.

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It wouldn't be a BMW without a set of kidney grilles out front.

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Despite being a compact sedan, BMW made sure to point out the vehicle's long wheelbase, which is a very strong buying point in the Chinese market.

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Don't expect to seat three abreast in the back, though -- this is a car built for four individuals, not five.

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