BraunAbility offers wheelchair-accessible MXV based on 2016 Ford Explorer

Article by Andrew Christian, on February 11, 2016

Ford Motor Co. and BraunAbility have partnered to create the BraunAbility MXV wheelchair-accessible SUV. This project allows wheelchair users to benefit from the dependability of a BraunAbility mobility vehicle and to enjoy the adventurous spirit of the 2016 Ford Explorer.

Available in Explorer base, XLT and Limited models, the BraunAbility MXV employs patented sliding-door technology and comes with powered lighted in-floor ramp as well as removable driver and passenger seats. Both the door and the ramp can be operated using an integrated key fob operates both door and ramp.

Thanks to a sliding shifter and well-thought front seat base design, the BraunAbility MXV offers a great deal of space. Moreover, the BraunAbility MXV could be specified with an available tow package. Ford Motor Co. and BraunAbility have maximized the vehicle’s cabin space to allow more room for wheelchair navigation and comfort.

Amazingly, the BraunAbility MXV allows wheelchair users to either become its driver or a passenger. As a proof of its spaciousness, the BraunAbility MXV boasts of an interior height of 58 inches on the vehicle center and 59 inches for its driver and passengers. It also boasts of a usable side door opening height of 55 inches and a usable ramp width of 28 1/2-inches.

The interior floor length behind front seats and the interior width at B-pillar measure 55 inches and 59 1/2 inches, respectively.

In terms of performance, the BraunAbility MXV is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine that allows it to return EPA-estimated ratings of 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined. Furthermore, the BraunAbility MXV has a max tow capacity of around 5,000 pounds.

Omar Odeh, Ford marketing manager, remarked that the carmaker is thrilled that the Explorer name is now linked to the BraunAbility brand. He noted that the Explorer has been known for its ability to carry people wherever possible – a reputation that BraunAbility MXV would further advance.

On the other hand, Nick Gutwein, president and chief executive of BraunAbility, remarked that the MXV represents a new mobility option that reflects the individuality of its customers.

He added that the Ford Explorer was an obvious pick since it is considered an iconic American vehicle that represents the ultimate in independence and freedom. BraunAbility builds the MXV at its 170,000-square-foot manufacturing site in Winamac, Indiana and sells the vehicle at over 200 authorized dealers across the United States.

Press Release

BRAUNABILITY MXV -- A FORD EXPLORER CONVERSION -- IS WORLD'S FIRST WHEELCHAIR-ACCESSIBLE SUV

The world's best-selling SUV for 25 years is now the world's only volume-production wheelchair-accessible SUV.

Ford Motor Company and BraunAbility have joined forces to create BraunAbility MXV™ – a wheelchair-accessible SUV that gives wheelchair users the quality and dependability of a BraunAbility mobility vehicle, and the adventurous, "unstoppable" spirit of an Explorer.

"We’re thrilled the Explorer name is connected to such a highly respected brand like BraunAbility," said Omar Odeh, Ford marketing manager. "Explorer has always been associated with helping people go places they otherwise could not, and BraunAbility MXV furthers that reputation."

BraunAbility MXV – available with Explorer base, XLT and Limited models – features patented sliding-door technology, removable driver and passenger seats, and a powered, lighted in-floor ramp. A sliding shifter and front seat base design provide for increased space, while an integrated key fob operates both door and ramp. There’s also an available tow package.

Interior space is maximized to create ample room for wheelchair navigation and comfort. Wheelchair users can drive the vehicle from a wheelchair or ride as a passenger. Notable dimensions include:

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
"Our customers are very excited to have a mobility option that reflects their individuality," said Nick Gutwein, BraunAbility president and CEO. "For us, Ford Explorer was the obvious choice. It’s an iconic American vehicle that reflects the ultimate in independence and freedom."

Featuring a 3.5-liter V6 engine, BraunAbility MXV delivers the performance and capability Explorer drivers have embraced for years, including an EPA-estimated 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined rating. Actual mileage will vary. MXV also delivers an estimated 5,000-pound maximum tow capacity.

BraunAbility MXV is produced at BraunAbility's 170,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Winamac, Indiana. It is sold at more than 200 authorized dealers throughout the United States.

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