The BraunAbility MXV is a Wheelchair-Accessible Ford Explorer

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Although the 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum is the fanciest Explorer yet, one of the reasons why the Blue Oval has sold more than 7 million Explorers in the U.S. is – financially – they’re accessible.

The BraunAbility MXV will be accessible in a completely different way. People in wheelchairs will not only be able to ride in the automotive mobility products company’s first volume production SUV model, but drive it as well.

Wounded Marine Mike Delancey, who was paralyzed during his 2006 tour of Iraq, was promised the first production MXV. He’s working to open the Wounded Warrior’s Abilities Ranch, where veterans can exercise and participate in recreational activities to build their mental and physical strength.

Delancey’s MXV and every other one will be equipped with helpful features which include a 54-inch-tall rear sliding door, a 28-inch-wide lighted, in-floor ramp, and a key fob that operates both. The MXV’s 3.5-liter V6 and available tow package will allow it to tow an estimated maximum of 5,000 pounds.

BraunAbility will start producing MXVs next month in its Winamac, Indiana facility. Sales will begin in early fall at BraunAbility’s 200+ authorized mobility dealers in the U.S.

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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