Toyota unveils new version of fuel-cell vehicle

Yolanda Curtis
October 12, 2019

Previewed as the 2021 Toyota Mirai Sedan Concept ahead of the second-generation car's full debut in late 2020, the new model promises an increase in range from its hydrogen drivetrain, along with more engaging driving dynamics. The instrument panel design is more horizontal, as has been featured in all recent sedan redesigns from Toyota and Lexus, but it's more divided between the driver and passengers and the seating position looks rather low and laid-back.

Toyota plans to sell 30,000 units of the "21 Mirai in its first year and is working to increase its presence in the US" Northeast market through infrastructure expansion.

Toyota has completely ditched the Prius-like styling for a completely new look.

If you're passionate about the world's greatest performance cars, experience the thrill of driving with evo magazine. Adding to the luxury feel, the designers also made efforts to ensure the cabin is quieter than in the current Mirai. Inside, the Mirai gets an 8-inch digital combination meter as standard and it's available with a digital rearview mirror that displays images from a rear camera.

The Japanese company revealed a new version of its hydrogen-powered vehicle on Friday, doubling down on its bet that fuel cells will help secure Toyota's future as the industry comes under enormous pressure to slash carbon emissions.

Built on the same GA-L platform that underpins the Lexus LS 500 and LC 500, the athletic DNA is very much on show in the new Toyota Mirai - which is wholly different from the Prius-like first-generation Mirai.

"We have pursued the goal of making a auto that customers will feel they want to drive all time, a vehicle that has an emotional and attractive design and the kind of dynamic and responsive performance that can bring a smile to the driver's face", says Mirai chief engineer Yoshikazu Tanaka.

Certainly, there are areas where FCEVs have advantages over all-electric cars along with gas-electric hybrids. The ministerial meeting on the technology, attended by ministers and delegates from more than 30 nations, regions and organizations, pledged to introduce 10 million FCVs, trucks, buses and other hydrogen-powered systems globally, as well as 10,000 hydrogen refueling stations, over the next 10 years. Currently, they only feature in California and Hawaii.

The original Mirai was launched for 2016 at a starting price of $57,500, or a monthly lease of $499. Toyota now only sells the Mirai in a handful of dealerships in the United States, because there are only a relatively small number of locations where hydrogen fuel is actually available.

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