Magna is set to unveil a plug-in hybrid sports car concept at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show.
To be called MILA Plus, the sporty concept is said to have an all-electric range of 47 miles (75 km) and a vehicle weight of 3,351 pounds (1,520 kg), achieving CO2 emissions of 32 grams per kilometer.
Motivation-wise, the MILA Plus is powered by a three-cylinder gasoline engine combined to two electric motors: one between the internal combustion engine and the transmission to drive the rear axle, and one on the electric front axle. Yes, this arrangement results in an electric all-wheel-drive system.
Total power is 268 horsepower and 428 pounds-feet of torque. Performance is said to be 0-62 in 4.9 seconds, and in all-electric mode 0-50 in 3.6, suggesting this may be as fast as it goes in all-electric mode.
The actual purpose of the car that looks kind of generically cool, and boasts features superior to many production vehicles is relly just a rolling showcase of what Magna can do.
“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,” said Günther Apfalter, President Magna Europe and Magna Steyr. “The MILA Plus vehicle concept illustrates our value proposition and advantage within the global supply base.”
The MILA name is not new to the company as it has been used for other concepts, but this plug-in hybrid concept, the MILA Plus, is described as featuring advanced technologies and flexible manufacturing processes with a focus on eco-friendliness.
The whole structure of the concept is comprised of an extruded aluminum space frame and has been designed to allow for the use of components and systems from large series production… In other words, it has been designed to accept numerous current drivetrains from various manufacturers Magna is involved with.
To help with structural rigidity, the concept integrates its high-voltage battery into the space frame while lightweight plastic body panels are used due to their corrosion resistance and styling flexibility.
Hopefully we’ll learn more once the car is released.