BraunAbility MXV Becomes Ford’s First Wheelchair-Accessible SUV
When it comes to wheelchair-accessible vehicles, most buyers are forced to choose from a series of vans. Now, thanks to a partnership between BraunAbility and Ford, buyers have another open- a SUV.
The partnership gives owners what Ford calls, “the quality and dependability of a BraunAbility mobility vehicle, and the adventurous, ‘unstoppable’ spirit of an Explorer.” The BraunAbility MXV is the world’s only volume-production wheelchair-accessible SUV.
The automaker shares that the BraunAbility MXV is available with Explorer base, XLT and Limited models and features patented sliding-door technology, removable driver and passenger seats and a powered, lighted in-floor ramp. Increased space is available thanks to a sliding shifter and front seat base design, while both door and ramp are operated using an integrated key fob. An tow package is available.
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
Under the hood buyers will find a 3.5-liter V6 engine powering the way to an EPA-estimated 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined rating. 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 and is sold at more than 200 authorized dealers throughout the United States.