Toyota reveals stunning next-generation Mirai ahead of Tokyo
Toyota has shown off its new second-gen Mirai ahead of the Tokyo Motor Show and it looks pretty swanky.
The front end features narrow headlights with a blacked-out grille while the rear lights are connected by a full-width light strip, split in the middle by the Toyota badge. The roof sweeps down right to the boot, creating a sleek fastback look, while 20-inch wheels add an element of muscle.
Powertrain details are scarce, other than that it’s powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, but Toyota says it has moved the Mirai to its “latest rear-wheel drive modular platform” (probably TNGA), allowing for more body rigidity and a lower centre of gravity. The carmaker added that it is targeting a 30 per cent increase in range, resulting in roughly 643km of driving.
Inside was “conceived as a simple, modern space with a warm, comfortable ambience that adds to the sense of enjoyment for drivers and passengers.” Key elements include a 12.3-inch centre display and an instrument panel that wraps around the driver. The platform allows for five seats to be provided in place of the current Mirai's four.
Mirai chief engineer Yoshikazu Tanaka said: "I want customers to say, 'I chose the Mirai not just because it's an FCEV, but because I simply wanted this car; it just happens to be an FCEV.'
"We will continue our development work focusing on that feeling, and we hope that with the new Mirai we will be a leader in helping realise a hydrogen energy society."
We haven’t heard word from Toyota New Zealand about a local launch just yet but we know the Kiwi arm is keen on introducing hydrogen. When we get more infrastructure, it’s almost guaranteed the Mirai will follow.