The New Toyota Mirai: Lexus’ Platform and a Fuel Cell Powertrain

The presentation of the new hydrogen Toyota Mirai will take place in the fall.

It will be released in the domestic market in early 2021.

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The history of the hydrogen Toyota Mirai, which will now compete with the Tesla Model S, began in 2013. Then the model debuted at the Tokyo Auto Show. The model was available in Japan just a year later. In 2015, it was released in Europe and the United States. Being a rather bold model, the hydrogen Mirai got a lot of criticism in its address.

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First of all, the criticism concerned the model’s design. Last fall, the company presented a concept model that was supposed to be the base of the second-generation vehicle. Now, we are speaking about a ready-made product version. It will be shown to the public in the fall. The new sedan will reach the Japanese market in early 2021.

It was initially reported that the production version will completely repeat the concept, but there are still differences, e.g. large rear-view mirrors and a rear fog light.

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According to preliminary information, the new sedan will be 30 mm longer, 5 mm wider and 35 mm lower than its predecessor. In addition, the “second” Mirai will be based on the RWD GA-L platform developed within the TNGA architecture – the same base is used for the new Lexus LS.

The production model will inherit the interior from the concept. The main difference is not four, but five seats. The interior will feature an 8-inch digital cockpit, an infotainment system with a 12.3-inch touchscreen, and wireless charging for smartphones. It is also worth noting the presence of the Safety Sense system.

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Information about the models powertrain is kept secret. It is expected that the number of hydrogen cylinders will increase to three with a total capacity of 6 kg. Toyota says that a drive range without refueling is increased by 30%. Previously, it was stated that a drive range would exceed 800 km (NEDC).

The official cost of the 2021 Toyota Mirai has not been announced. It will presumably cost ¥8 million ($74,000) in Japan.

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