Toyota’s new Mirai will feature new styling similar to the Lexus LS 500, more powerful motors, and 400+ miles of range.
In 2014, Toyota became the world’s first automaker to launch a mass-produced hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle with the Mirai. The technology essentially transforms hydrogen and oxygen (from the air) into electricity. Toyota’s main selling point was the decent 312 miles range and gas-like top-up times.
Six years later, the Japanese carmaker launched the second-generation Mirai sedan. The first units of the heavily-revised hydrogen-electric car are expected to start rolling off the assembly line by November.
With that being said, Toyota drastically improved the styling of the new Mirai. It no longer looks awkward like its plug-in cousin, the Prius. Instead, the design language follows the more expensive and dynamic-looking Lexus LS 500. And for an even more dynamic ride, the new model also features the LS 500’s rear-wheel-drive powertrain configuration.
The new Mirai will also get significant improvements under the hood. Toyota indicated a more powerful electric motor at the back, possibly over 300 hp. Moreover, the new model would get over 400-miles of range while retaining the same five-minute refueling time.
The Mirai will start at 63,900€ in Europe, slightly cheaper than the base Model S or the Lucid Air. The entry-level trim will come with 19-inch alloy wheels, a 14-speaker JBL sound system, a 12.3-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities, LED headlights, and a Smart Key.
The mid-range Executive trim will start at 66,900€ and feature polished-silver 19-inch alloy wheels, adaptive bi-LED headlights, rear privacy glass, a 360-degree camera system, and mood lighting.
Finally, the Advanced top-level trim will start at 73,900€ and comes with 20-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, a HUD, rear-seat heating, tri-zone climate control, and semi-aniline leather seats.
The second-gen Mirai sits on Toyota’s new modular platform for rear-wheel-drive vehicles. The Japanese manufacturer claims it makes the car stiffer while lowering the center of gravity, therefore offering greater agility and responsiveness.
The Mirai should launch in the US in 2021 or 2022, but let’s wait until Toyota confirms that in December.