The all-new Saab 9-3 will be launched with a least one UK-built BMW engine under the bonnet, it was revealed this morning.
The new 9-3 is due to go on sale at the very end of 2012 and will feature the 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine currently used in the Mini range.
Saab will only confirm use of the 200bhp version of the N18 engine so far, but further versions are likely, including a variant that runs on E85 biofuel.
It will also incorporate BMW’s fuel-saving stop-start and regenerative braking systems.
A team of BMW and Saab engineers has already been formed to work on the installation of the engine in Saab’s next-generation platform.
Around 200,000 of these 200bhp engines will be supplied over the life of the next-generation 9-3, but it’s also likely to be used in the next-generation 9-5 expected in early 2015.