This week BMW has taken the wraps off of a large project to develop an entire modular engine platform that will include everything from the new three cylinder to new versions of BMW ‘s trademark inline six. Automotive News is reporting that the engines will span the MINI, BMW and Rolls Royce brands by 2020. We believe the first part of this will show up in 2013 in the 3rd generation MINI and a new (as yet unnamed) front wheel drive BMW.

It ‘s a bold plan in that BMW has never built engines on this scale before. However if there ‘s one thing BMW knows how to do, it ‘s build award winning engines. It also creates a plan to retain BMW ‘s independence when it comes to engine manufacturing. It ‘s clear that this is core to BMW ‘s plan to not only stay independent but also lead the world in sustainability while retaining the characteristic BMW level of performance.