pegpreemieWe had a chance to see Peg Perego’s upcoming infant seat: The Primo Viaggio 4.35.  This seat has some great features that make it a completely different product from the existing model, and that we think people will like a lot.

The “4.35” refers to the seat’s weight range of 4-35 lbs. (The Peg reps called the seat “four-thirty-five,” by the way.) The seat provided a pretty good fit to a premie doll, although they’re still working on finalizing the insert designs. There are two inserts: an upper one (head support) and lower one that includes extra padding around the crotch buckle to help position smaller babies.

It features a no-thread harness that adjusts from the back, and the back of the seat is straighter to keep babies from slouching.

The base has a dial for adjusting the recline angle, and it will include a dual-zone bubble indicator for the angle.

The 4.35 also features some exciting installation possibilities. The base includes something called the “Right Tight” to help tighten the seatbelt or LATCH strap. The Right Tight is similar to the tensioning plate on the Cybex Aton, only even easier to use.

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On first glance, there appears to be no belt path on the seat for installing without a base—but it’s there, just in a very innovative way. The belt path is actually located on the handle, near where it attaches to the seat. To access it, you move the handle forward into the anti-rebound position. Then you can route the belt through. The seat also allows for European belt routing.

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Here’s Darren demonstrating some of the features of the Primo Viaggio 4.35:

Other points of interest:

We measured how much room the seat takes up from front to back when installed with the base and got about 26″. That will vary based on individual cars, but that length puts it in a class along with seats like the Aton and Chicco Keyfit, which fit nicely in smaller back seats.

The seat includes a label showing not to put it on top of a shopping cart.

The Primo Viaggio 4.35 is already available in Europe (under a different name), where it has amazing crash test results. Peg Perego is still testing the seat for the US market, but they hope to have it here sometime next year. Remember that all features, measurements, weight ranges, etc. are subject to change before the seat hits the market.

Also from Peg Perego

They’re coming out with “Clima Covers,” which are thermal-regulating slipcovers made from hospital-grade fabric. They’ll be available for the Peg infant and convertible seats, and will cost $69.99 and $99.99, respectively.

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They’ll also have an “Igloo,” a furry shower-cap-type-cover for the infant seat, available for $69.95.

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Also coming for 2014 is a change in the fabric for the infant insert for the convertible, a cupholder for the convertible seat ($25) and a travel bag with wheels ($60) that will fit the infant seat, convertible, and booster seat.