PEKIN, Ill. – Ford just introduced the BraunAbility MXV – the first wheelchair-accessible SUV. The world’s best-selling SUV for 25 years now, the Ford Explorer, is actually the inspiration of the BaunAbility MXV.
Because Ford stops at absolutely nothing to provide their customers with the best vehicles, they partnered up with BraunAbility to give Wheelchair users the accessibility they need in a car, but also the style and bold spirit of the 2016 Ford Explorer.
The Marketing Manager of Ford, Mark Odeh, had this to say, “We’re thrilled the Explorer name is connected to such a highly respected brand like BraunAbility. Explorer has always been associated with helping people go places they otherwise could not, and BraunAbility MXV furthers that reputation.”
Ford introduces the BraunAbility MXV – the first wheelchair-accessible SUV in the Explorer Base, XLT, and Limited models to give riders and drivers the plenty of feature options. Coming standard on all models will come with patented sliding-door technology, a powered, lighted in-floor ramp, and removable driver and passenger seats. Plus, to maximize on convenience the key fob operates the door and the ramp. If you’re looking to take a trip, you’ll also be happy to know that there is an available tow package.
The most important feature to the BrauAbility MXV is the spacious interior made for wheelchair comfort and movement. Also, wheelchair users have the opportunity to drive the vehicle or sit in any of the passenger seats. Here are your following interior dimensions:
- 55-inch usable side door opening height
- 28 1/2-inch usable ramp width
- 58-inch interior height (vehicle center)
- 59-inch interior height (for driver and passenger)
- 55-inch interior floor length behind front seats
- 59 1/2-inch interior width at B-pillar
Under the hood of the new BraunAbility MXV you’ll find a 3.5L V6 engine, which offers the same performance of the 2016 Ford Explorer. The MXV has an EPA-estimated 17 mpg city and 24 mpg highway. To top it all off the SUV has an estimated towing maximum of 5,000-lbs.
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