The SUV looks ready for whatever the world throws at it.

The BMW X7 is no secret. Spy photographers have captured more than enough photos to prove its existence. This isn't Bigfoot. The German automaker has been testing the X7 around the world this year with photographers capturing it cold-weather testing. As the official reveal gets closer – likely at the Los Angeles Auto Show – BMW is ramping up its campaign to tease the X7 as much as possible. The automaker released a new video of the large SUV – Sport Activity Vehicle, according to BMW – testing in various environments. 

We see the SUV carving a path through snow-covered roads before switching to winding mountain paths and arid deserts. BMW took the X7 from the edge of the polar circle to the South African sun. But the testing wasn’t about going on an adventure. BMW put the X7 through its paces in stop-and-go traffic before conducting dynamic load tests on twisty country roads.

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While BMW still has the X7 cloaked in camouflage, we have a pretty solid idea about how it looks. Earlier this month, a patent image for the SUV leaked, spoiling several possible design elements such as narrow headlights, upright front end, tall kidney-bean grille, and massive lower fascia grille. That patent image quickly turned into a convincing rendering that shows the X7 to be a large, handsome SUV. 

With all the leaks surrounding the X7, we have little idea how it’ll look inside. We’ve seen spy photos – and it seems like your standard BMW interior. It should borrow many cues from the recently-revealed 8 Series, including the same digital instrument cluster from the new car. It will come with six- and seven-seat configurations. Power should come from BMW’s twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8. It will pair with an eight-speed automatic ZF transmission. There are rumours there could be a diesel engine option.

BMW is building the X7 prototypes at the company’s Spartanburg plant in South Carolina. This is where the company will build the vehicle once it enters production. 

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The new BMW X7 undergoes endurance tests under extreme conditions

Munich. The Sports Activity Vehicle is heading for the luxury segment. And on its way there it is undergoing a true endurance test marathon. An equally extensive and diverse test programme takes the camouflaged prototypes of the new BMW X7 across challenging terrain all over the world. Earlier winter test drives on snow and ice at the edge of the polar circle were followed by long-distance endurance tests on desert and gravel tracks under the South African sun. Hectic stop-and-go-traffic in the urban jungle alternates with dynamic load tests on winding country roads and highways. Under extreme challenges and a wide spectrum of weather and road surface conditions the first luxury-segment BMW X model has provided the ultimate proof of its supreme driving characteristics within the framework of driving dynamics testing.

With its impressive appearance, exceptionally generous interior space, sophisticated drive and suspension technology and exclusive equipment features, the BMW X7 is the latest interpretation of luxurious driving pleasure in the style of the Munich-based premium brand. The combination of supreme off-road performance and superior driving dynamics on the road so typical of a Sports Activity Vehicle is entering a further vehicle segment. With the upcoming presentation of the latest and also largest BMW X model at the end of 2018, BMW is continuing its current product offensive in the luxury class with a yet further fascinating vehicle concept.

The prototypes of the new BMW X7 were produced at the BMW Spartanburg plant. The competence centre for BMW X models in the US Federal State of South Carolina will also become the place of origin for the production model. Despite conspicuous camouflaging, the preproduction vehicles reveal the imposing dimensions as well as the both clear and harmonious proportions of the BMW X7.

In the new BMW X7, luxury, diversity and sportiness combine to form a unique entity. The current tests impressively demonstrate the driving experience that can be enjoyed in the sophisticated ambience of the vehicle’s interior even under adverse climatic conditions and on the most varying terrain. At the Winter Test Centre in Arjeplog, Sweden, during hot-climate tests, but also in everyday traffic situations around the home town of Spartanburg, the prototypes of the new BMW X7 have already had ample opportunity to convince with contemporary luxury and supreme diversity.