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Another Crossover Convertible Concept: Magna Steyr MILA Coupic

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On: Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 3:01PM | By: Chris Weiss

Another Crossover Convertible Concept: Magna Steyr MILA Coupic

It's just as we feared. The flood gates are open, and the crossover convertibles are flowing through like a Class VI river. A day after Range Rover introduced its take on the crossover convertible, Austrian company Magna Steyr presents its own: the MILA Coupic.

To Magna Steyr's credit, it appears to actually make a crossover convertible that is both functional and stylish, something we previously thought was impossible. We're guessing that rear fascia is going to be a bit large and flat, but the high, slanted roofline and raked windshield actually make this car look sporty and attractive.

The car also uses some unique innovation in its retractable roof system. Instead of your average soft top, the MILA Coupic uses a dual soft-top system that allows the front and rear to open individually. So if the driver wants some sun and fresh air and the rear passengers want to keep things dark for a nap, they both get their way. Everything else is zoned out in cars these days, why not the roof? The front roof module folds electronically front to back and the rear module can open in both directions. The roofs have integrated glass panels, so you can look out onto the sky even if the weather isn't agreeable for open top driving.

Most companies would be happy to showcase a single technology like a dual-zone convertible system in a concept car, but Magna didn't stop there. The MILA is envisioned as a three-in-one car. Not only does it function as a crossover and convertible, but also as a pickup truck. The rear seats fold forward with a push-button system, making way for a storage bed that can transport bicycles and other types of equipment. As in a regular pickup truck, the interior of the cabin is separated from the bed, so all that dirt and grime stay outside.

The MILA Coupic is one of those concepts in which a single picture just isn't enough - we want to see it in all its various configurations. Unfortunately that's all we have to work with at the moment. We'll see more next week.

For those not familiar with Magna Steyr (a group that included me 10 minutes ago), it's an engineering and manufacturing firm that specializes in things like engineering vehicle systems (including roof systems), contracted vehicle manufacturing and complete vehicle development. The MILA Coupic is the sixth concept car in the "MILA innovation family."


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