BraunAbility, along with the Ford Motor Company, debut what they describe as the world’s first wheelchair-accessible SUV: the BraunAbility MXV, based on the 2016 Ford Explorer.

The BraunAbility MXV features a 3.5-liter V6 engine and is available in Ford Explorer base, XLT, and Limited models.

Other features include sliding-door technology, removable driver and passenger seats, a lighted in-floor ramp, a sliding shifter and front seat base design, and an integrated key fob. A tow package is also available, per a media release from both companies.

The MXV maximizes interior space to enable wheelchair users to drive the vehicle from their wheelchair or ride as a passenger.

Dimensions include: 55-inch side door opening height, 28 ½-inch ramp width, 58-inch interior height (vehicle center), 59-inch interior height (driver and passenger), 55-inch interior floor length behind the front seats, and 59 ½-inch interior width at B-pillar.

We’re thrilled the Explorer name is connected to such a highly respected brand like BraunAbility,” says Omar Odeh, Ford marketing manager, in the release. “Explorer has always been associated with helping people go places they otherwise could not, and BraunAbility MXV furthers that reputation.”

“Our customers are very excited to have a mobility option that reflects their individuality,” states Nick Gutwein, BraunAbility president and CEO. “For us, Ford Explorer was the obvious choice.”

The BraunAbility MXV is produced at BraunAbility’s 170,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in Winamac, Indiana.

[Source(s): BraunAbility, Ford Motor Company]