The second generation of Toyota’s fuel cell sedan brings a new lease of life to hydrogen, with a sober design, increased range and a much more affordable price than its predecessor.
The first production car with a hydrogen fuel cell, the Toyota Mirai has changed its skin. First presented as a near-final prototype in 2019, the second generation is now revealed in its production version.
The sedan is already distinguished by a transfiguration of style. No more unattractive tortured lines, the Mirai embraces the softened design of other Toyota. But that doesn’t take away the aggressiveness of its face, with a huge Lexus-style grille.
The silhouette of 4.97 meters (+ 8.5 cm) is also a consequence of the use of the Lexus LC and LS platform, while the height drops to 1.47 m in height (- 6.5 cm) . The interior is thus more welcoming with in particular “More legroom in the back.” This is a sore point for the Hype taxi fleet which is expected to welcome him soon. The dashboard nevertheless remains original, with a central console offset towards the passenger.
A completely revised hydrogen system
Technically, the new Mirai has also been completely revised. The fuel cell is thus housed under the hood, and no longer under the seats. More compact, it sees its power increase from 114 to 128 kW. T-shaped, the three tanks storing hydrogen at 700 bar offer more volume with 5.6 kg compared to 4.6 kg previously. This allows the Toyota Mirai to travel 650 kilometers on a full tank, 150 km or 30% more than the first generation.
The battery is also evolving in depth, moving from NiMH technology to lithium-ion. With its reduced size, it takes place again behind the rear seat, under the boot floor.
Relocated to the rear, the electric motor is also more powerful than the old one. Developing up to 300 Nm of torque, it has 182 maximum horsepower (134 kW). That’s almost 30 horsepower more than the 154 horsepower offered by the previous generation. Downside, the total weight between 1,900 and 1,950 kg is however greater than the 1,850 kg of the Mirai 1.
A price lower than 65,000 €?
Toyota is not listing pricing for its new Mirai at this time. But it should be much more accessible, since the manufacturer is talking about a price reduction of around 20%. With a list price of € 78,900, the old one will be quickly forgotten for its replacement. The Toyota Mirai II would therefore be available around 63,000 euros excluding ecological bonus.
This parameter should facilitate the democratization of the hydrogen car, Toyota targeting 10 times more sales with the new model. The first Mirai has sold more than 10,000 units since 2014, two-thirds of which in the United States and particularly in California.