The California-bound Toyota Mirai has gotten a dramatically better look, as previewed by the new concept of the second-gen hydrogen fuel cell sedan. Since 2015, around 9,000 Mirais have been delivered by the Japanese carmaker, with 6,000 of them were bought or leased by California residents.
To make the hydrogen saloon more attractive, Toyota has increased its driving range and rear legroom, as well as added a fifth seat. But the most important of all is that the Mirai gets a whole new look. It’s like the Japanese automaker has totally transformed the model, from an ugly vehicle into an absolutely gorgeous one.
The 2021 Mirai appears so beautiful with a long snout, a massive low grille, a fastback roofline, a blunt tail, and cool taillights. It rides on 20-inch wheels wrapped in 245/45R20 Bridgestone all-season tires and sports sharp, elegant headlights that give it an aggressive aura at the front.
In terms of size, the second-gen Mirai is also bigger and longer than before. But that’s just normal since it uses Toyota’s premium rear-wheel drive platform and its fifth seat must require additional space.
The “fuel stack” of the current Mirai is planted up front under the bonnet. The setup includes a motor generator and a fuel cell. The car uses nickel metal hydride batteries similar to those of the Camry Hybrid. There’s no word on whether the new-gen Mirai will retain these batteries or switch to lithium-ion ones.
The sedan will get more range and power, that’s for sure, thanks to the improved efficiency and extra hydrogen storage, as well as the enhanced electric motor that will churn out more than the outgoing model’s 151 horsepower. Its range is also expected to surpass the current car’s 312 miles.
On the inside, the 2021 Mirai has modern features like a 12.3-inch display, heated and cooled front seats, a 14-speaker stereo, and a wireless charging pad. More things that can be seen in the photos are drive mode button located behind the shifter and white-stitched black leather interior.
The new Mirai is designed to become a more likeable sedan than it was before, as stated by the model’s chief engineer Yoshikazu Tanaka. He wants the car to not only look attractive, but also to be able to deliver a satisfying driving experience.
Scheduled to arrive late 2020, the new Mirai will probably stay inside the California market, although Toyota is planning to offer it in the Northeast and Pacific Northwest, where the company is working hard to establish the hydrogen fueling infrastructure.