There's no doubting a van's versatility. They can haul people and cargo at the same time in the most efficient way possible. In the local market however, it seems that there isn't much buzz or attention for mobility models; those vans that are PWD (or elderly) friendly.

But now, Maxus has stepped in to make some noise about it. One of the country's newest automakers has introduced the G10 Assist, which aims to make accessibility for those with limited mobility a lot easier. So what makes it a mobility van?

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The G10 Assist comes with the programmable swivel lifting seat right at the 2nd row. This power-operated seat is located beside the sliding door for better ingress and egress. This seat swivels to face the sidewalk, slides out and can be lowered down to street level so that the elderly or the wheelchair-bound person can easily take the seat, or disembark.

Further making things more convenient is the fact that the seat is programmable. It can be operated via remote control or even through mobile phone via an iOS app. In addition, the power swivel seats have built-in safety functions such as the position memory function, path recover function, path obstacle sensor, door interlock, low-power detection and warning, mechanical manual function and anti-tip protection.

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The G10 Assist comes with all the equipment seen in the standard G10 van. These include power adjustable seats for the driver and front passenger, flexible seating at the rear, 7-inch touchscreen radio with Bluetooth, USB with 6 speakers system, a 220-volt power supply and front and rear air-conditioning system. Also, the G10 Assist uses the same 1.9-liter turbodiesel engine from the G10 with 150 PS and 350 Nm of torque. It then shifts via a six-speed automatic transmission.

Interested? The Assist option is an additional Php 399,800 over the G10, which retails for Php 1,680,000. That means having the mobility seats brings the total to Php 2,079,800.