Developing the success in the fight against competitors BMW Company re-introduced in the small class market. It deliberately left it in 1991 when they began to produce the third generation of series "3". For this was made a pretty courageous decision to shorten the basic model with coupe body not by the expense of the base but by cutting of the back side by 223 mm. The result was long wheelbase, about 2700 mm, three-door hatchback with classic layout and length of only 4210 mm. Of course, the total capacity of the passenger compartment reduced, but thanks to a new rear door and folding seats luggage capacity remains the same. In addition the vehicle considerably became easier and cheaper. As a result of novelty it became cheaper by about 10% and 50 kg lighter than the base model. The company hopes that the prestige and high reputation of the BMW brand will attract many potential buyers who would like to have such car.
The program BMW is still just did not have cars with this type of vehicle. Only in the early 70's on the base of small sedan (eg, a series of "1602") issued "Turing" model whish is three-door model of the same type and purpose. It is equipped with 1.6-liter gasoline engine with fuel injection and a catalytic converter with 102 hp (75 kW) at 5500 r/min. Maximum torque is 150 Nm at 3900 r/min. In addition it has four cylinders, eight valves and placement of 1596 cc. Engineers offered five-speed manual transmission for the basic packaging arrangement.
Four-step automatic transmission is an option. Bearing body, 4-5-seater, 3-door hatchback the car has the wheel base of 2700 mm. Overall dimensions of the vehicle are following: length – 4210 mm, width – 1698 and height - 1393 mm. Laden mass - 1140 kg, fill weight - 1600 kg, maximum speed - 188 km/h, acceleration time to 100 km/h - 12,3 s. Fuel consumption of the vehicle at 90 km/h is 5.7, at 120 km/h is 7.5 and in city cycle is 9.1 liters per 100 km. In addition to the basic model with an engine capacity of 102 hp the company produced sport car «318iS-CD".