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.