BMW unveiled the second generation of its X3 small SUV in 2010, and given its product cycles, the 2017 X3 is the last of this generation, as the, the third generation, is already becoming available.
So I was surprised when I got in the 2017 BMW X3 to find, instead of seven-year-old cabin technology, an up-to-date interface for navigation, stereo and connected car features.
BMW managed to solve the problem bedeviling automakers since consumer electronics entered the dashboard, updating software features outside of traditional vehicle product cycles. Rather than a dated, clunky interface in this X3, circa 2010, I could use quick online destination search and third-party apps, and a full color head-up display.
BMW’s smallish SUV, the 2017 X3 slots in between the
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