Saab and BMW in Talks Over New Small Premium Model for Swedish Brand

Colum Wood
by Colum Wood

Saab‘s proposed 92 small premium model could ride on a BMW platform say recent reports. According to Swedish outlet Dagens Industri BMW and Saab are holding talks on sharing both platforms and engines.

Saab CEO Victor Muller has commented that his company is in talks with several other automakers over sharing technology for the new 92 model. Presumably this new platform would be the new BMW front-drive setup designed for the next-generation MINI and BMW 1 Series. As the Saab 92 would, however, be a competitor (thought a minor one) for the new MINI and 1 Series then it’s possible that BMW is looking to sell Saab the current MINI underpinnings.

In addition talks between Saab and BMW are reported to include a new small diesel engine that Saab would use to power its coming 9-4X midsize crossover.

[Source: Automotive News]

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  • WooDz WooDz on Jun 12, 2010

    Hopefully all the detrimental GM references will soon be a thing of the past. To be frank 80% of the development work that went into the the new Epsilon architecture including powertrains was done by SAAB, so it's more accurate to say the new Buick or the new Insignia uses underpinnings of the new SAAB 9-5; even though it has been release after the aforementioned. BMW are producing some of the most fuel efficient engines in the world right now and personally I think the diesel for the 9-4x will be the i6 3.0d. BMW and SAAB could work well on future FWD projects and of course there's that Aviation heritage link too.