1999 was the Birth Year of the fourth Generation BMW 3 Series Touring. The internal E46 Model series started a Year earlier and was the fourth Generation to replace the E36. The Touring was Produced until 2005. He continued the Tradition of compact Sports Comforts, starting with Four-and Six-cylinder Petrol and Diesel engines, manual Gearboxes and Automatic, offering a wide Variety. In 2001, there was an extensive Facelift with altered Headlights and Rear Lights, revised Four-cylinder Engines and, for the first time, standard Electronic stability control DSC. The competitors of the 3-series Touring were the Audi A4 Avant and the C-Class T-model from Mercedes-Benz.