If it has the C-Class’ wheels, why doesn’t it have the C-Class’ interior?

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.

Mercedes Now Has a Baby Stroller and, Believe it or Not, It has Mini C-Class Wheels
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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.

Mercedes Now Has a Baby Stroller and, Believe it or Not, It has Mini C-Class Wheels
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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.

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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.

Further reading

2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class Exterior Interior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

Mercedes-Benz baby carriage Avantgarde - from Function to Experience: Stellar ride for the littlest ones…
Stuttgart. A sense of style and driving experience is instilled in the young generation from the very first outing with the all-new Mercedes-Benz baby carriage Avantgarde from Hartan. This is where ergonomic functionality, tested safety and innovative materials meet a modern, sporty look developed in close cooperation with the Mercedes-Benz Design department. The AMG design-inspired 5-twin-spoke wheels as well as adjustable suspension and the air-chamber tyres are a true highlights.

With the Mercedes-Benz baby carriage Avantgarde, young parents are always prepared to face everyday challenges while transporting their children. The manufacturer of the all-new pram is the German family firm Hartan from Gestungshausen in the Franconia area in the middle of Germany. Hartan has been producing high-quality baby carriages “Made in Germany” since the 1950s. Thus Mercedes-Benz is cooperating with an expert specialist in child mobility which also sets standards in innovation and comfortable and reliable products. Working together with Mercedes-Benz Design guarantees that certain sporty extra, just like the vehicle manufacturer itself. As is the case on the road, safety comes first on pavements and in parks: just like all the products from Hartan, the Mercedes-Benz baby carriage Avantgarde meets the highest requirements in terms of material selection and production quality and bears the German Association for Technical Inspection (TÜV) seal of approval.

The Mercedes-Benz baby carriage Avantgarde is characterised by a very low net weight resulting from the combination of an aluminium frame of just 8.9 kg with a stylish 4.1 kg GTX seat unit. Thanks to the highly manoeuvrable carrier with Solight Ecco air-chamber tyres, the baby carriage can be moved effortlessly on any surface. Solight Ecco is also a material which is very light thanks to its low density and, as it contains no plasticizers or PAHs, it is highly environmentally friendly. The iconic feature on the Mercedes-Benz baby carriage Avantgarde is the eye-catching rim in the same sporty black-silver-coloured 5-twin-spoke AMG design which is also available on the new C-Class. The parking brake, telescopic handlebar and a stowage compartment are further practical features of this high-quality design.

The carriage seat gets ergonomic points for its multiple-adjustable swivel function which also includes a recline position. A height-adjustable footrest with safety reflectors ensures that the child sits comfortably in each stage of growth and thanks to a belt system and an upholstered check strap the child is optimally protected from falling out. Depending on whether the child prefers to face the direction of movement or prefers to look at their parents, the seat unit can be turned 180° on the frame with one click. The noiselessly adjustable top is protects effectively on hot days and in rainy conditions thanks to a climate zone in the rear and a fold-out sun visor.

For the first few months, as an alternative to the seat unit, an infant carrier can be mounted on the frame with a single click. Here too the designers have paid special attention to the greatest possible comfort for baby and parents alike. The infant carrier is very light and can be quickly mounted and removed. It is ergonomically upholstered and has a soft-top with a sun shield and erectable back section affording comfort for both the baby and parents.

The Mercedes-Benz baby carriage Avantgarde is available in different colour variations. The “DESSIN Sport”design is a combination of black/anthracite/ grey/silver with red seams on the upholstery of the handle and safety bar as well as a red piping on the hood to ensure a dynamic look. The “DESSIN Sport” is fitted on an iridium silver carrier. The “Dolce Vita” variant in beige/sand/brown with a timeless carrier in “Arenisca” looks timelessly elegant. The “DESSIN Deep Sea” design in anthracite grey/dove blue with the carrier in “Seaskin” colour shows a stylish fashionably direction.

To supplement the baby carriage, Mercedes-Benz and Hartan also includes accessories such as a sunshade umbrella, changing bag in a stylish Mercedes-Benz design, a foot muff, a head restraint and a wind shield for the GTX seat unit. All accessories bear the logos of both tradition-deep companies. An organiser for storing a wallet, keys and mobile phone as well as a rain hood are included in the scope of specific accessories.

The Mercedes-Benz baby carriage Avantgarde will be available in leading baby specialist shops starting November 2018. Further information on the all new “Mercedes of baby carriages” will also be available from Hartan at http://www.hartan.de/.

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