BMW Compares Current X3 To The Old One, Tech Progress Evident

After more than seven years, BMW’s second-generation X3 finally got to tap out and allow a newer car to take on the likes of the Mercedes GLC or the all-new Volvo XC60.

While the third-gen X3 doesn’t represent a major styling departure from its predecessor, you also can’t ignore its larger kidney grille, sharper design lines and of course, modern, 2018-worthy tech – which by the way includes the new lights, front and rear.

Still, it’s the profile shots that might stick with you the most. The two cars in this video are both white and aside from a few creases, they look remarkably similar when viewed from the side.

Open its doors and you’ll notice how the newer model features a newly designed center console and more hexagonal forms and sloping edges found throughout the cabin. Then there’s the ambient lighting package and the 10.25″ touchscreen display with Gesture Control, not to mention all the new active safety tech and connectivity functions.

Overall, the 2018 BMW X3 is a strong contender within its segment, as most reviews have been on the positive side. But then, the old one wasn’t bad either, was it?

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  • fabri99

    Still ugly, just a different kind of ugly.

    • Stigasawuswrecks

      The new one looks like if the old one had an allergic reaction to peanuts.

  • Research Janitor

    Sat in one last week, it was very plain and the materials felt cheap.

    • Moveon Libtards

      Yup, black plastic dash.

  • OdysseyTag

    Had the exact one shown in the vid behind me in traffic, honestly looked mal-proportioned and exaggerated at the front.

  • Six_Tymes

    The FRONT of the second gen looks much classier. But, then again, classy people aren’t buying these anymore. lol

    • Moveon Libtards

      Lol. So true.

  • Moveon Libtards

    Hey, look, it’s a BMW.

    Next…

  • lagunas3ca

    Comparing the BMW X3 “Sorority girl” editions featured in Coke White

    *Missing Greek letters sticker on rear windshield

  • Gullet

    It’s really bad that BMW feel needed to provide a video to highlight the visual changes. It’s as they know themselves that nobody else could tell the differences between the generations.

    • Bill Nguyen

      It’s like telling yourself “everything’s gonna be fine, everything’s gonna be fine!” When you know it isn’t, right?

  • drc

    I like BMW’s and have a current X4 as my daily driver, and am also a BMWCCA member since 1995. However, BMW is stuck in some kind of 8-track loop, and doesn’t know which way to go. So they churn out what they have already been making with small touches here and there, while other companies blow right past. The B in BMW does not stand for BOLD, now now. Mercedes is cutting edge with its AMG products right now – and I may jump ship before too long.

  • :/ Yurr

    I mean it’s a BMW soo its gonna look the same lol..

  • smartacus

    My friend’s BMW X3 just suffered
    thousands of dollars in engine trouble
    5 MILES OUT OF WARRANTY!!!!!

    Despite producing a perfect maintenance logbook,
    he had to beg them to get it down to just a couple of Thousand dollars!!!

    This is not the same BMW as
    his brand new 1997 E36 M3
    or his brand new 2000 E39 M5.

    As a former BMWCCA member; I won’t touch another bimmer
    after seeing this and a few other shining examples.

  • Belthronding Tinuviel

    the grill gets bigger and nothing more i see. İ wonder what bmw,mercedes,audi designers are exactly doing at design studio if they make all designs not similar but totally SAME?