Built around an aluminum frame and cloaked in composite body panels, the MILA Plus concept packs a hybrid powertrain coupling a three-cylinder gasoline engine with a pair of electric motors for through-the-road all-wheel drive, producing 270 horsepower and 428 pound-feet of torque. The combined efforts net a 0-62 time of 4.9 seconds and a range of 310 miles – 43 on electric power alone – while the battery's integration into the spaceframe itself increases structural rigidity.
Considering their identical wheelbase and similar overall dimensions, to say nothing of the roofline, we suspect the concept may be based on the Lotus Evora. However Magna would not confirm the concept's underpinnings when reached for comment.
The MILA Plus is just the latest in a long line of concepts under the Magna Innovative Lightweight Vehicle (MILA) banner, following the original 2005 MILA concept in 2005, the 2007 MILA Future, 2008 MILA Alpin, 2009 MILA EV, 2011 MILA Aerolight, 2012 MILA Coupic and 2014 MILA Blue.
Concept offers solutions to industry challenges
VIENNA, Austria, Feb. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ - Magna International Inc. is set to debut MILA Plus, an innovative two-seat hybrid sports car at Geneva Motor Show 2015. The concept vehicle, which will be displayed at Magna's booth #6261 in Hall 6, combines a sophisticated, lightweight construction with an intelligent, alternative-drive solution to produce maximum performance as well as eco-friendliness. With an all-electric range of 75km and a vehicle weight of 1,520kg, MILA Plus achieves reduced CO2 emissions of 32g/km.
"Magna's broad range of services – from engineering to diverse product capabilities to full-vehicle contract manufacturing – helps support our customers as they continue to be challenged with the changing dynamics of the automotive industry. The MILA Plus vehicle concept illustrates our value proposition and advantage within the global supply base," emphasized Günther Apfalter, President Magna Europe and Magna Steyr.
As the latest vehicle concept in the MILA innovation family, MILA Plus features advanced technologies and flexible manufacturing processes with a focus on eco-friendliness.
The structure of MILA Plus is based on an extruded aluminum space frame which has a number of advantages over a steel structure, including: lower weight; modular structural flexibility; and ability to accommodate different driveline configurations. The modular body-in-white (BIW) concept also allows the use of components and systems from large series production, thus enabling improved manufacturing efficiency and flexibility for global automakers.
MILA Plus offers additional benefits aimed at structural rigidity and weight reduction. For example, the concept integrates a high-voltage battery into the space frame, which increases structural rigidity. Lightweight plastic body panels are used due to their corrosion resistance and styling flexibility. A combination of manufacturing methods, sophisticated joining technologies and a multi-material external skin further contribute to a lightweight vehicle architecture that meets global safety standards.
Sophisticated Joining Technologies
Cold mechanical joining, a hybrid process in combination with bonding is used on the BIW. This reliable technology is more cost effective versus traditional welding solutions and is a joining process Magna has used on other vehicles including the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and Aston Martin Rapide.
Alternative Drive Solutions
MILA Plus plug-in hybrid system achieves a reduced emission of 32g/km CO2. The performance of the three-cylinder gasoline engine is enhanced by the addition of two electric motors - one between the internal combustion engine and transmission to drive the rear axle, and one on the electric front axle. This arrangement results in an electric all-wheel-drive system which transmits more torque to the road and results in improvement of vehicle maneuverability and dynamics.
The striking shape of MILA Plus underscores the vehicle's sportiness. The vehicle's compact appearance and flowing lines create a dynamic and captivating appearance. Aesthetics and innovative technology are elegantly combined in the design concept of MILA Plus.
Two cameras replacing the exterior mirrors not only improve the car's aerodynamics but provide wide-angle, high-resolution live images shown on two display screens inside the vehicle concept – helping minimize side blind spots.
The alternative drive system with an all-electric range of 75km, together with electrification of the accessories, yields a highly efficient drive concept with CO2 emissions of 32g/km. The completely recyclable aluminum body-in-white makes a significant contribution to sustainability. The interior uses renewable materials such as paneling components made of bioplastics and natural fibers.
360l (145l front; golf bag possible rear)
0 to 100 km/h in 4.9s
0 to 80 km/h in 3.6s
Power output (kW/PS):
200 / 272
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