Last week we told you about BMW’s plans to develop a new family of 3 cylinder engines to reside in both BMW and MINI engine bays. This week BMW has taken the wraps off of that and a much larger project to develop an entire modular engine platform that will include the 3 banger. 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.

What does this mean for MINI? BMW now has the plans in place to put a 100% BMW engine under the hood of every MINI sold. 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.