The BMW Compact
is a compact car
/ small family car
, basically a truncated liftback
version of the BMW 3 Series
, produced by the German
between 1993 and 2004. From 1994, it was based on the BMW E36
platform, switching to the BMW E46
platform in 2001. Production of BMW Compact ceased in 2004 when it was succeeded by the 1 Series
The car was available in 316i, 316g (compressed natural gas), 318ti, 318tds (diesel) and later as a 323ti. The title 'Ti'(Touring International), is unique to the Compact range and is used on the more powerful versions, harking back to the BMW New Class
'Ti' models of the sixties.
E36 Compact (E36/5)
From front bumper to A pillar, the Compact is identical to the BMW 3 Series
sedan, sharing the front fenders, bumpers, lights, windshield, wing mirrors, and the hood. As with the entire E36 range, the E36/5 also shares an identical wheelbase
. Similarities with the E36 sedan/coupe range end here; from the A pillar rearwards, the E36/5 is unique from others in the E36 range featuring unique framed doors, windows, roof, trunk pan, taillights, and suspension.
The BMW E36/5 Compact shares its suspension with the BMW Z3. The front employs the E36's standard MacPherson strut
design, while the and rear suspension uses a semi trailing arm
from the previous model BMW 3 Series
The E36/5 made use of the older semi-trailing arm rear axle, as opposed to the E36's Z-Axle Multi-link......