Saab wants to use BMW’s FWD platform for new 9-2 compact

Saab 9-X Air BioHybrid Concept

Spyker Cars and BMW confirmed last month that the German automaker will supply Saab engines to be used in its next-generation of vehicles. BMW will supply Saab with 1.6L turbocharged 4-cylinder gasoline units used in the Mini lineup for the next-generation 9-3.

Saab may now be talking to BMW about licensing its new front-wheel-drive platform for use on the new 9-2 compact, which is due sometime in 2012.

Saab CEO Victor Muller said that he is currently talking with other automakers on securing underpinnings for the 9-2 and slightly hinted that he preferred BMW.

“Clearly we have a preference, but whether it’s BMW, I can’t tell you,” he said, “BMW would make a wonderful partner.”

BMW will use its front-wheel-drive platform to underpin a new range of fuel-efficient BMW models that will be powered by 4-cylinder engines.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: AutoCar