The Magna MILA Plus plug-in hybrid concept car will take to the stage at next week’s 2015 Geneva motor show.
Produced by car assembly experts Magna, the MILA Plus is not a sign of Magna’s ambition to be a car maker in its own right. Those ambitions died when GM rejected Magna’s bid to buy Opel in the wake of GM’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
Rather, the MILA Plus serves as an advertisement to automakers about Magna’s engineering nous, parts catalogue and contract manufacturing plant in Graz, Austria.
Measuring just 4.4 metres long and 1.93m wide, the MILA Plus is a two-seat coupe that weighs 1520kg.
The MILA Plus features an extruded aluminium space frame with an integrated high voltage battery. Attached to the space frame are plastic outer body panels.
According to Magna, the MILA Plus’ body is put together by a bonding and cold mechanical joining process. This, Magna says, is the same method it uses in fashioning bodies for the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and Aston Martin Rapide.
Under the skin, the the MILA Plus is said to feature a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, which consists of a three-cylinder petrol engine and two electric motors. One of the electric engines lives on the front axle, while the other sits between the petrol motor and the transmission and helps to drive the rear axle.
Total power output is claimed to be 200kW, with 580Nm of peak torque on hand. The car can reportedly be driven for up to 75 kilometres in electric-only mode, while overall fuel economy is said to be 1.4L/100km.
In hybrid mode, the MILA Plus can race from 0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds. In electric-only mode the can complete the 0-80km/h sprint in 3.5 seconds.