A further important feature of Vision A 93 was environment-friendly design, for example as regards the powertrain. Three versions were presented. Two 1.2 liter, three-cylinder internal combustion engines – a direct-injection diesel engine (44 kW/60 hp) and a gasoline engine (55 kW/75 hp) – offered excellent fuel efficiency and lowest possible emissions.
They were combined with a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which brought further benefits for economy. At the same time a further version was presented which featured a 40 kW/54 hp electric induction motor, whose battery gave a range of 150 kilometers in urban operation.
Also, as the design specifications had envisaged, Vision A was well-suited for other types of alternative propulsion as well. Since 1997, Mercedes-Benz has been using the A-Class in fuel cell trials. This had been planned from the outset, and is mentioned in the original Vision A 93 press kit.
As Vision A and the A-Class demonstrate, even for an unusual design like this the timeframe from concept to production can be quite short. The new compact model proved something else as well: that unusual concepts will always find a place on the market provided they are well thought-out and genuinely focused on future needs.