BMW 3-Series Compact

The TI/Compact was redesigned in 2000 as part of the E46 line. Build and quality of finish was much-improved over that of the E36 Compact. Despite this, the E46 Compact was not as successful as its predecessor. The E46 Compact was never marketed in North America, leaving its sole direct competitor in the class, the latecomer W203 Mercedes-Benz CLC-Class, to be the lone choice in the segment.

The E46 Compact does not feature styling similar to the rest of E46 cars. Most notably, the headlight assembly on the Compact models differ greatly from either coupe, sedan/touring models.

The TI/Compact is mechanically identical to the E46-series saloon, estate, coupe and convertible - in a package eight inches shorter.

The steering was also sharpened, offering a quicker rack than any other 3 Series model.

Source: Wikipedia, 2012

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