2016 Ford Explorer Base of First Wheelchair-Accessible SUV
Conversions Available at 200 Dealers Nationwide This Fall
For many years, vehicle options available to paraplegic drivers were limited to add-on accessories such as wheelchair lifts and hand controls or converted minivans that provided the needed functionality and practicality but without much style. The Mobility Ventures MV-1 added another option for disabled drivers, but its unique styling isn’t for everyone. Starting this fall, disabled drivers will have a much more stylish option in the form of the BraunAbility MXV, based on the 2016 Ford Explorer.
Conversion of the MXV will take place in BraunAbility’s Winamac, Indiana facility, where modifications including a remote power-deployable in-floor ramp and sliding door, removable driver or passenger seat, and other changes to comfortably accommodate a wheelchair as either a driver or a passenger. Door opening height is 54 inches with a 56 inch interior height. The MXV is also capable of accommodating a transfer chair.
BraunAbility will donate the first production MXV to wounded Iraq War veteran Mike Delancey, who is working with the Wounded Warrior Project’s Abilities Ranch, where wounded veterans are invited to work on physical rehabilitation and recreation.
The MXV will be offered with Ford’s 3.5L V-6 engine and front-wheel drive and will retain the Explorer’s towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.
Source: Ford, BraunAbility