Behold, the future—according to Toyota.
Toyota has unveiled the second generation of its fuel cell electric vehicle, the Mirai, for the 2021 model year featuring a drastically different look compared to the original model.
First introduced in October 2015, the model had about 6,000 units sold or leased in the United States, all of which were sent to the states of California and Hawaii where public hydrogen infrastructure was available.
For the new generation of the Mirai, Toyota is going for a complete redesign. The brand is veering away from a compact front-driver to a larger rear-wheel drive platform. It also comes 195.8 inches longer and with a 114.9-inch wheelbase.
Other than the changes to the wheelbase and the length, the new Mirai also sports a coupe-like roofline, an elongated hood, larger horizontal grille, deeply set headlamps, and DRLs.
As for the interior, the model’s LS roots are still evident in the 12.3-inch widescreen display and digital instrument cluster. The new Mirai looks like a luxurious version of the Lexus on the inside as compared to the older generation that looks more like a Prius. It is also expected to be equipped with a full suite of Toyota’s infotainment, safety, and driver aid technology.
With regard to the powertrain, Toyota has shared it will be using a new generation of its fuel cell that’s more efficient than the current technology. It will also have more hydrogen storage capacity, which the brand hopes could increase the FCEV’s cruising range by 30% or about 400 miles between fill ups.
The 2021 Toyota Mirai FCEV is set to debut at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show and will go on sale in late 2020.