BraunAbility, an Indiana-based manufacturer of wheelchair lifts and wheelchair-accessible vehicles, has announced a new wheelchair-accessible utility vehicle based on the Chevrolet Traverse.
“Our engineers spent over 15,000 hours in the design of this accessible SUV, and dependability and safety were top priorities,” BraunAbility states. “This new conversion features a dual-arm sliding door for improved stability and reliability when opening and closing.”
BraunAbility upgraded the Chevrolet Traverse to include a side-entry ramp and doorway that’s large enough to accommodate large powerchairs, and is rated at a 1,000-pound capacity. The ramp stows under the floor when not in use, and includes lighting for easier navigation at night.
Inside, the converted Chevrolet Traverse offers enough space for two wheelchair passengers in the middle row, while the rear bench seat provides space for up to three passengers. There’s also a full-length fold-up footrest for back-seat passengers, while the rear bench will fold down to provide additional cargo room.
The front seats are also removable, which enables wheelchair users to operate the upgraded Chevrolet Traverse or ride as a front-seated passenger. The driver-side fuel filler door makes it easy to gas up, even with the side-entry ramp and door deployed.
Inside, the BraunAbility Chevrolet Traverse includes a variety of power plug-ins and extra storage compartments, as well as an eight-inch HD color touchscreen, a heated steering wheel, and climate control seats on RS trim levels. Further features include a towing hitch, 360-degree camera technology, and a back-up camera.
Under the hood, the Chevrolet Traverse is powered by the naturally aspirated 3.6L V6 LFY. It’s uncertain if the upgraded Traverse offers more power than stock, but the standard factory output ratings are set at 310 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. Output is routed through a nine-speed automatic transmission.
Pricing for an upgraded Chevrolet Traverse starts at $77,345, which includes both the original vehicle MSRP, and the cost of the conversion.
Interested customers are encouraged to check out the BraunAbility website and to contact a Product Specialist for more information.