Mobility Ventures Updates 2016 MV-1 With New Accessibility
Updated Powertrain on Roster as Well
The unique Mobility Ventures MV-1 is being updated for the 2016 model year, with a new powertrain and added accessibility features making life more convenient for owners. The 2016 MV-1, which was released at a ceremony celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), replaces its dated Ford Modular 4.6L V-8 and four-speed automatic transmission with a Ford 3.7L V-6 and six-speed auto.
Although power and torque ratings specific to the MV-1 haven’t been revealed, in other current applications, the 3.7L V-6 produces at least 273 hp and 270 lb-ft of torque, which is more power and nearly as much torque as the Modular V-8, with better fuel economy. According to Mobility Ventures, the MV-1’s V-6 will get 14/16 mpg city/highway, which beats the prior model’s 11/16 mpg, without compromising performance or towing.
Perhaps more importantly to fans of the MV-1 are a newly available power passenger door and power liftgate, which ease access to the accessibility vehicle’s interior (particularly when paired with the available power-deploying side and rear ramps. Additionally, new side curtain and thorax airbags enhance passenger safety in the event of an accident.
The MV-1 is the first automobile to be purpose-built for wheelchair and mobility-scooter users, and its body-on-frame design accommodates those individuals with a high ceiling, adequate payload and powertrain capability, and ADA-approved wheelchair ramp access, which is either powered or manually operated.
The 2016 MV-1 available in three models: SE, DX, and LX, with the DX and LX offering many of the luxury features one might expect from a modern car. The SE starts at $39,800, while the top-shelf LX will cost $56,995. Those prices may seem a bit dear, but an ADA-accessible minivan conversion can cost as much or more, without including many of the benefits of the purpose-built MV-1.
Interestingly, the MV-1 is built in the same AM General factory as that used by the HUMMER H2. Mobility Ventures is a wholly owned subsidiary of AM General, incorporated when the commercial and military manufacturer bought the rights to the MV-1 after its former developers fell into financial disarray in 2013.
Sources: Mobility Ventures, Motor Trend