BraunAbility has unveiled the Ford Explorer-based MXV which is billed as being the “world’s only volume-production wheelchair-accessible SUV.”

BraunAbility has unveiled the Ford Explorer-based MXV which is billed as being the “world’s only volume-production wheelchair-accessible SUV.”

It eschews the Explorer’s conventional rear doors in favor of a sliding door to ease access inside the cabin where the driver and passenger seats are both removable. It comes with a powered, lighted in-floor ramp to make life a little bit easier for wheelchair users and it also has a sliding shifter to boost available room inside. For the same reason, the front seat base has a different design and there’s also a built-in key fob for operating the sliding door and ramp.

Available on the base, XLT and Limited models, the 2016 Ford Explorer-based MXV from BraunAbility can be optionally ordered with a tow package (up to 5,000 pounds capacity). Power is provided by a 3.5-liter V6 engine enabling the wheelchair-accessible SUV return an EPA-estimated 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 20 mpg in the combined cycle.

With these vehicles it’s all about space which is why the MXV has a generous 55-inch usable side door opening height and a 28 ½-inch usable ramp width. In the vehicle’s center there is 58 inches of interior height available and 59 inches for the driver and passenger. The floor length behind the front seats stands at a respectable 55 inches while the width at the B-pillar measures 59 ½ inches.

BraunAbility makes the MXV at its facility in Winamac, Indiana and sells the model in more than 200 authorized dealers across the U.S.

Source: BraunAbility

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