When Saab managed to avoid being scrapped by General Motors in 2010, the company’s deep thinkers sat down and decided how the company should approach independence. Saab’s engineering background (many of the projects being delivered for the wider GM family) was in platform engineering, electrical architecture, suspension and all-wheel drive, control software, and turbocharging.

Saab has never designed its own base engine. Over the years it has borrowed designs from DKW, Ford, Triumph and GM, usually improving them beyond recognition. When the company was plotting the new Phoenix platform it intended to engineer  much of the car itself, or in partnership for the Android-based instrumentation and electric-drive rear axle. When it came to the engines, however, Saab simply signed a deal to buy the UK-built 1.6-litre turbo Mini engine from BMW.