Sports-Utility Vehicles and adventurous, go-anywhere mobility go hand-in-hand. That’s why Indiana-based BraunAbility – a world leader in wheelchair-friendly accessibility vehicles – has decided to create their first mass-produced SUV-based model.
Dubbed the “BraunAbility MXV,” the accessibility SUV will be based on none other than America’s segment leader: the Ford Explorer. As a matter of necessity, the conventional rear doors have been replaced with sliding panels of a patented design. The modified Ford Explorer’s driver’s and passenger’s seats are both removable, and the interior space has been maximized for easier navigation. The SUV’s middle-row seating has also been removed.
Production of the Ford Explorer-based BraunAbility MXV is scheduled to begin in August of this year, with the first example set to be donated to US Marine Veteran Mike Delancey. Delancey was paralyzed in combat back in 2006, when he was struck by a sniper’s bullet serving in Iraq.
The choice of the Ford Explorer as the basis for the new BraunAbility mobility SUV is quite appropriate, as the SUV celebrates 25 years as the best-selling SUV in America, and the Americans with Disabilities Act celebrates its own 25th anniversary. Before his passing in 2013, BraunAbility founder Ralph Braun was honored as a Champion of Change by President Barack Obama.