[Video] 2016 Ford Explorer becomes wheelchair-accessible via BraunAbility image

The company has introduced the “world’s only volume-production wheelchair-accessible SUV,” based on the 2016 Ford Explorer and renamed as the MXV.

The new model keeps the looks of the sport utility vehicle but the conventional rear doors of the Explorer have been changed to sliding doors to increase accessibility inside the cabin – the driver and passenger seats are both removable. The MXV also brings a powered, lighted in-floor ramp to make sure wheelchair users can have easy egress/regress while life is made a bit easier thanks to the sliding shifter that can increase the available room. The company has also changed the front seat base design for the same reason and the owner gets a built-in key fob for operating the sliding door and ramp. The 2016 Ford Explorer-based MXV can be had with the entry-level, XLT and Limited trims and BraunAbility even provides as an optional extra a tow package (up to 5,000 pounds capacity).

Under the hood the same powerplant remains – a 3.5-liter V6 engine that delivers for the wheelchair-accessible SUV an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 20 mpg in the combined cycle. With space an important issue for such vehicles, the MXV boasts a 55-inch usable side door opening height, 28 ½-inch usable ramp width, 58-inch interior height inside the vehicle in the center and the floor length behind the front seats reaches 55 inches. BraunAbility builds the MXV at its factory in Winamac, Indiana and has more than 200 authorized dealers across the U.S.