Mercedes Now Has a Baby Stroller and, Believe it or Not, It has Mini C-Class Wheels
If it has the C-Class’ wheels, why doesn’t it have the C-Class’ interior?by Kirby, on
As if building some of the world’s most refined cars isn’t enough, Mercedes is jumping into the baby mobility business with the launch of the Avantgarde baby stroller. Developed in collaboration with German stroller company Hartan, the Avantgarde is the kind of stroller you’d want your baby to ride in you want to introduce him or her to a life of luxury before they even have a chance to walk on their own two feet. Neither Mercedes nor Hartan have indicated the price for the stroller, but a Russian site called Kinderpram is taking orders for a tidy sum of 82,400 руб. That’s around $1,300 based on current exchange rates.
We can snicker at Mercedes-Benz for venturing into the baby mobility space, but the truth is, it’s far from the only automaker to have done so. A few years ago, Skoda introduced the VRS Mega-Man Pram and while it never sold the thing, those who saw it have had a hard time forgetting its, well, presentation. Unlike Skoda, BMW collaborated with baby stroller maker MacLaren — not to be confused with McLaren, of course — to introduce the MacLaren BMW Buggy, complete with small windows on the canopy that look like Bimmer’s famous kidney grille.
All this is to say that Mercedes isn’t exactly venturing into new frontiers here. That said, the Avantgarde stroller it created with the help of Hartan is a piece of work in its own right. The latter actually created the stroller, drawing on years of experience in the field.
The Avantgarde, for example, is built on an aluminum frame with air-chamber ties and an adjustable suspension.
It even has a multiple-adjustable swivel function that allows parents to turn the upper half of the stroller without moving the wheels. Hartan didn’t pinch on the materials, either. The interior, if you can call it that, features a material called Slight Ecco. According to Hartan, its light, has low density, and contains no plasticisers or PAHs, making it completely environmentally friendly.
All that said, the Avantgarde’s coup de grace feature is its wheels. Those aren’t your typical stroller wheels, folks. Those are the same sporty black-silver, five-twin-spoke AMG-designed wheels that are available on the new — and current — Mercedes C-Class. It’s one thing for a stroller to ride on a set of “normal” wheels, it’s another thing entirely for those wheels to be of C-Class variety. That’s how Hartan rolls, knowing full well that babies deserve the best when it comes to their steeds. Imagine the sheer terror on their faces if they knew they were being pushed around by dirt-cheap wheels! They’d need therapy before they even know what therapy is!
Fortunately, the mini C-Class wheels don’t scream for attention the way the ones in the Skoda VRS Mega-Man Pram do.
It’s hard, after all, to embrace the subtleties of a stroller when it’s riding on a set of 20-inch wheels wrapped in all-terrain rubber tires. On the other hand, the mini C-Class wheels on the Avantgarde are the personification of classy. At the very least, your child will know later on that you provided for him even when he knew very little of the world.
The Hartan Avantgarde is available in a number of colors. There’s the “DESSIN Sport,” which features a three-hit anthracite/grey/silver combo with red seams on the upholstery. If that doesn’t suit your little one, you can opt for the “Dolce Vita,” which comes in beige/sand/brown and an “Arenisca” carrier, or the “DESSIN Deep Sea” in anthracite grey/dove blue with a “Sealskin” carrier.
The stroller also includes extra storage for your convenience. Perhaps its Hartan’s way of telling you that your spending your money’s worth on the Avantgarde. There’s an organizer for your wallet, keys, and mobile phones. There’s also a rain hood, a sunshade umbrella, a foot muff, a head restraint, a windshield for the GTX seat unit, and a changing bag that’s styled in typical Mercedes design.
It’s hard to say if you’re getting your money’s worth at $1,300 for the Hartan Avantgarde, especially since the aforementioned MacLaren BMW Buggy retails for just over $300.
If you do end up getting one, make sure to take lots of pictures of your baby sleeping soundly in it. That’s probably one of the only ways you can justify this kind of purchase.
Read our full review on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class.