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BraunAbility MXV: World’s First Wheelchair-Accessible Ford Explorer

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Historically, vehicle options for those in wheelchairs have been limited to upfitted vans, MPVs, and… that’s really about it.

Those same folks have a friend in the new BraunAbility MXV – the world’s first wheelchair-accessible SUV. It’s built on the Ford Explorer, available on base, Limited, and XLT models.

The BraunAbility MXV’s “handicapability” is afforded by patented sliding-door technology, and a 28.5-inch-wide powered in-floor ramp with built-in lights. Other useful features include removable front seats, and a sliding front seat base and shifter. Whether the BraunAbility MXV is being driven by someone in a wheelchair, or they are riding along as a passenger, there’s no shortage of space; interior height measures an accommodating 58 inches, with a width greater than 59 inches at the B-pillars.

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

The BraunAbility MXV is upfitted at the company’s Winamac, Indiana factory, with over 200 authorized dealers throughout the US.

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Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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