Mercedes-Benz Vision SLA Concept

Article by Christian Andrei, on June 23, 2016

Hoping to provide the best driving experience, Mercedes-Benz presented a new roadster concept — the Vision SLA – in 2000. The 3.77-meter long, open-top, two-seater vehicle is innovated with Mercedes-Benz’s A-Class technology, which is perfect for everyone who dreams of high performance and elegance combined.

The youthful touch of the Vision SLA is the perfect match for spontaneity. It was deemed to be the perfect companion for every getaway. Its curves and its arrow-shaped front with the famous Mercedes-Benz emblem highlight its sporty yet classy dynamics.

Undoubtedly, the compact Vision SLA provided proof that Mercedes-Benz is capable of creating a design that fits its other models from different vehicle classes.

The elliptical apertures of the hood’s wing profile have powerful xenon projection headlamps behind them, featuring both low and high beams. The production team also employed LED lights on the outer ends of the wing to serve as signal lights.

Interior Design

Roadsters are known to adapt to a very minimal interior by focusing on the essentials: steering wheel, two chronometer-designed cockpit instruments, gearshift lever, and a number of switches on the center console.

Transparent perforated metal structures, primed metal surfaces, and matte aluminum are all that it takes to complete the driving experience that focus on class and simplicity. The carbon seats, floor and door panels are covered with naturally-processed saddle leather, raising the bar for comfort and style.

Powertrain

Model Series Drive Components and Axles There is so much under the hood of the killer roadster. The Vision SLA is the perfect epitome of the saying, “small but terrible.” The 1.9-liter engine of the A 190 allows the Vision SLA to accelerate up to a maximum speed of 209 km/h and attain 92 kilowatts/125 horsepower.

The roadster can consume about 7.10 liters per 100 km. Moreover, the front and rear axle of the Vision SLA are also adapted from the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

Lightweight Bodywork

Weighing only 950 kg, the Vision SLA is made up of two lightweight materials: aluminum and plastic. The loadbearing parts are mostly made out of aluminum but most of the outer shell is made of high-quality plastic material.

Furthermore, the roadster’s safety system was also inspired from the Mercedes-Benz A-Class. The drive unit adapted an oblique position to ensure that it slides below the vehicle in the case of a serious head-on collision.

This design allows the interior to be left mostly undamaged. Aside from this, the Vision SLA also has belt force limiters, seat belt tensioners, and airbags.

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