Want to see the BMW 3 Series Compact come back? This Render does

3 Series, News | October 8th, 2018 by 15
G20 BMW 3 Series Compact 830x553

The BMW 3 Series Compact was a funny car. It started with the E36-generation of 3 Series and continued with the E46-gen but stopped after …

The BMW 3 Series Compact was a funny car. It started with the E36-generation of 3 Series and continued with the E46-gen but stopped after that. It was basically a small, affordable hatchback version of the 3er that was designed to be a sort of economy version. It usually came with small, efficient petrol and diesel engines but it was never a performance-oriented machine. However, some enthusiasts loved it because it was cheap and had a ton of tuning potential. So would you like to see it come back?

This new render shows off what it would be like if BMW brought back a new version of the 3 Series Compact for the new G20-generation. And it looks like a 2 Series Active Tourer that’s been smushed, from to back, just with G20 3 Series styling.

It doesn’t look good, this G20-gen Compact, to be honest. It’s far too tall and frumpy looking. Admittedly, none of the Compact 3 Series’ were ever lookers, especially the E46-generation, which looked like as if it was wearing spectacles, thanks to its separated halo headlights. But they never looked like shortened minivans, as this render does.

G20 BMW 3 Series Compact2 830x550

Having said that, it does look like it would be an attractive car if it were shorter, more hatchback-like and less van-like. The G20-gen has a handsome face so it could make a more economical hatchback look more premium, especially with an M Sport package.

Though, that would then just become a 1 Series hatchback, wouldn’t it? And that’s sort of what the 3 Series Compact has become. So, technically, BMW doesn’t need a 3 Series Compact anymore, as it has the 1 Series. Still, though, with BMW slicing niches as thin as a sushi chef, it’s not hard to imagine a world where BMW does bring it back. We just hope it doesn’t look like this.

[Source: Behance]

15 responses to “Want to see the BMW 3 Series Compact come back? This Render does”

  1. Eddy says:

    Don’t give them ideas for an Audi A1 competitor..

    • disqus_N2EdJql2v3 says:

      BMW have this covered already with 1 & 2 Sereies. Discontinued 4 GT makes more sense than this.

      • Weiman says:

        The Mini is the A1 competitor, the 1 series is quite a bit bigger and similar in size to the A3 Sportback.
        I wouldn’t mind an A1-sized BMW actually, but I’m not holding my breath.

        • disqus_N2EdJql2v3 says:

          BMW are getting smaller with their 1st fwd. platform, but with MINI it is their largest model, the Countryman. It has been rumoured for a while BMW want a smaller platform for MINI, but they want to do it with a partner due to expense. Autocar recently reported it may end up being a Chinese co-production.

  2. Pop says:

    “It doesn’t look good”

    The fact it was rendered as a 5 door didn’t really help, did it? Both the previous Compacts were a 3 door.

    And its no coincidence that the Compact died at pretty much the same time as the 1 series appeared..

  3. PK says:

    if it’s a wagon then i’ll consider it.

  4. Giom says:

    This render is just so wrong on so many levels.

  5. Matt Stokes says:

    I didn’t mind the E46 Compact front, I always felt it was kinda retro.

  6. hans wee says:

    yeah this looks terrible. like a mitsubishi mirage hatchback

  7. jason bourne says:

    Why bother with this when you already have the 1er?

  8. Senne says:

    What a ridiculous and useless render. The 1 Series is the replacement for the E36 and E46 Compact. So what’s the point?

    • disqus_N2EdJql2v3 says:

      This is exactly what I DON’T want to see out of fwd. BMW. Production 1 Series Sedan & 2 GC renders look MUCH better!

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