MG Rover is looking for a suitable diesel engine to use in its new performance MG models.
The British carmaker already buys two diesels. Austria's Steyr makes the BMW-designed M47R 115hp four-cylinder used in the Rover 75. For its 25 and 45 models, MG Rover buys the 100hp L series diesel from Land Rover. That engine is built at Solihull, England.
MG Rover officials declined to comment on whether BMW would be the source of the performance diesel engine.
MG Rover made its auto show comeback at Geneva after missing last year's events in Paris and Birmingham, England. It unveiled the Rover 75 Tourer at Geneva. The new station wagon was delayed after BMW sold the former Rover group to Phoenix, a consortium of British businessmen, last year.
The Rover 75 Tourer will be priced about 1,000 (e1,568) above comparably equipped sedan versions. It goes on sale in the UK in June and shortly afterward in other European markets.
MG Rover also showed an MG version of the Rover 75 Tourer, code named X11. It will be called ZT-T and will go into production in September. The production car will look similar to the concept version shown in Geneva.
MG Rover also debuted its new lineup of MGs and named the cars. Formerly known as the MG X30, the car based on the Rover 25 becomes the MG ZR. The MG X20, based on the Rover 45, becomes the MG ZS. The MG X10, based on the Rover 75, becomes the MG ZT.
The naming scheme will also include horsepower references. For example, the 160hp version of the MG ZR will be called the ZR160.
CEO Kevin Howe said negotiations are continuing on MG Rover's offer to buy the BMW powertrain plant at Cofton Hackett. The plant is located next to MG Rover's factory in Longbridge in the English midlands.
About 80 percent of the engines made at Cofton Hackett are for MG Rover vehicles, including K series four- and six-cylinder engines.
Howe said MG Rover wants the Cofton Hackett plant to ensure future engine supply and control its engine development programs.