In an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Frankfurt General Newspaper), BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer said that the BMW-PSA Prince engines currently used in BMW’s MINI products and Peugeot products will be used in future BMWs.
There are three variants, a normally aspirated 1.4 litre engine with variable valve timing and variable valve lift producing 95 PS and 140Nm of torque, a normally aspirated 1.6 litre engine with variable valve timing and variable valve lift producing 120 PS and 160Nm of torque, and a turbocharged 1.6 litre engine with variable valve timing, and gasoline direct injection producing power outputs of between 150 PS to 175 PS and 240Nm of torque.
The 1.6 litre inline-4 N45B16 engine currently used in the BMW 116i produces between 115 PS / 150Nm to 122 PS / 160Nm depending on model year. It has variable valve timing but not Valvetronic variable valve lift, which the N46 inline-4 engine family has.
This could either mean two things – the BMW-PSA Prince engine will be adapted for a longtitudinal, rear wheel drive installation, or front-wheel drive BMWs, but the first option is way way more likely. We could also see the next generation 120i and 320i be powered by the Prince 175 PS turbocharged 1.6 litre engine instead of the current normally aspirated 2.0 litre engine.