Besides offering a new XLT Sport Appearance Package for the popular Explorer, Ford also thought to open the path for a new segment. A new segment dedicated to those in need of having a dedicated car. So the Explorer now becomes the world’s only volume-production wheelchair-accessible SUV.

Ford Motor Company and BraunAbility have joined forces to create BraunAbility MXV, a wheelchair-accessible SUV that gives wheelchair users the quality and dependability of a BraunAbility mobility vehicle.

Available with Explorer base, XLT and Limited models, the BraunAbillity MXV features patented sliding-door technology, removable driver and passenger seats, and a powered, lighted in-floor ramp. A sliding shifter and front seat base design provide for increased space, while an integrated key fob operates both door and ramp. There’s also an available tow package.

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Interior space is maximized to create room for wheelchair navigation and comfort. Wheelchair users can drive the vehicle from a wheelchair or ride as a passenger. 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.

Featuring a 3.5-liter V6 engine, BraunAbility MXV delivers an EPA-estimated 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined rating. Actual mileage will vary. 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 it is sold through more than 200 authorized dealers throughout the United States.