BMW 3 Series models

The BMW 3 Series is a compact executive car manufactured by the German automaker BMW since May 1975. It is the successor to the 02 Series and has been produced in six different generations.

The first generation of the 3 Series was only available as a 2-door sedan, however the model range has since expanded to include a 4-door sedan, 2-door convertible, 2-door coupé, 5-door station wagon, 5-door hatchback (Gran Turismo) and 3-door hatchback body styles. Since 2013, the coupé and convertible models have been marketed as the 4 Series, therefore the 3 Series range no longer includes these body styles.
The 3 Series is BMW's best-selling model, accounting for around 30% of the BMW brand's annual total sales (excluding motorbikes). The BMW 3 Series has won numerous awards throughout its history. The M version of the 3 series, M3, debuted with the E30 M3 in 1986

  • First generation (E21; 1975–1983) The E21 replaced the 02 Series and was initially available as a 2-door sedan (also described as coupe).
  • Second generation (E30; 1982–1994) Initially, the E30 was produced solely in the two-door sedan body style. Four-door sedan models were introduced in 1983, convertibles were introduced in 1985 and estate ("Touring") models were introduced in 1987.
  • Third generation (E36; 1990–2000) The E36 was sold in the following body styles: saloon, coupé, convertible, wagon (marketed as "Touring") and hatchback (marketed as "3 Series Compact").
  • Fourth generation (E46; 1998–2006) The E46 was sold in the following body styles: sedan, coupé, convertible, wagon (marketed as "Touring") and hatchback (marketed as "3 Series Compact").
  • Fifth generation (E90/E91/E92/E93; 2004–2013) The fifth generation 3 Series was produced in the sedan, wagon, coupé and cabriolet body styles.
  • Sixth generation (F30/F31/F34; 2011–present) The F30/F31/F34 has been produced in the sedan, station wagon and 5-door hatchback ("Gran Turismo") body styles.
  • Seventh generation (G20; 2018–present) The BMW 3 Series (G20) was unveiled at the 2018 Paris Motor Show on October 2, 2018.