BMW produces some of the best production engines in the world. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that companies are looking for ways to catch ‘em. Take Saab. After stumbling in 2009, Saab recently announced an engine partnership with BMW, which should really help get the Swedish company back on its feet.. The first engine to be shared with Saab will be the turbocharged 1.6-liter 4-cylinder currently available in all MINI models. This engine will be tweaked to Saab’s specifications and will likely go on to serve in a variety of smaller Saab vehicles in the future (most notably, the 2012 Saab 9-3).
With this first partnership with BMW, many doors are now open for Saab. There’s even been some discussion about platform sharing between the two automakers. A chassis designed by BMW—a company that knows a thing or two about canyon-carving handling prowess—would really help bring Saab back into the game.
One future model that would benefit the most from such a partnership is the Saab 9-2 Supermini, a car that exists only in concept form at the moment but could easily be produced if Saab could get its hands on the MINI platform.
Whether or not there will be any further collaboration between Saab and BMW remains to be seen, but the idea of a Saab both powered and underpinned by BMW technology makes us hopeful for the Swedish automaker.