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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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