Although the existing Toyota Mirai is just sold in California, the company selected Greensboro, North Carolina, to unveil the second generation of the hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered sedan. Greensboro. Get it? The 2021 Toyota Mirai was also revealed around the eighth of October. Why? Because that’s National Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Day. Why? Because 10/8 is close to 1.008, which is the atomic weight of hydrogen.
Toyota essentially owns the hybrid market in North America. It invented the sector back in 2000 with the initial Prius, and last year 44% of all hybrids sold in the United States were Toyotas. Today, the brand offers about 10 million vehicles a year internationally, provides six hybrids (not counting the Lexus models), and says there are more to come. By 2025, the plan is to offer an amazing alternative on every vehicle in its global lineup, which it hopes will take its U.S.-market hybrid sales from 9% in 2018 to 25% in 2025.
Americans also buy the bulk of Mirais. Because of 2015, Toyota has sold about 9,000 all over the world, 6,000 of which were purchased or leased by Californians from the state’s eight authorized Mirai dealers– 4 in Northern California and four in SoCal.
To increase the sedan’s appeal, Toyota has actually targeted a 30% increase in driving range, increased rear-seat legroom, included the 5th seat, and, most importantly, totally redesigned its exterior. While the present Mirai ranks high on the Ugliest Cars of All Time list, the 2021 Mirai is a real looker-on a par with the Tesla Model S.
2021 Toyota Mirai Design
The car stands out in the flesh, with broad shoulders, a fastback roofline, and a long snout. There’s some Lexus LFA in its proportions, with slab sides and a blunt tail with taillights that stretch across accentuating its width. The new Mirai isn’t a hatchback like the Model S. Instead, it has a conventional trunk. It appears like a traditional premium luxury sedan, and if you told us it was the next Lexus GS, we would not flinch. Its designers even consisted of a large low grille, which is Avalon-like, and two openings under its rear bumper that imply tailpipes.
Other interesting information is its black roofing system, A-pillars aesthetically slandered by strips of black trim and detailed 20-inch wheels wrapped in 245/45R20 Bridgestone all-season rubber. Elegantly, there aren’t any unneeded scoops and flares. Its headlights reach back to the tops of its front tires. When this thing strikes the street, the Honda Clarity will officially end up being America’s ugliest fuel-cell vehicle.
The Mirai is likewise substantially bigger than previously. At 195.8 inches in length, it’s 3.3 inches longer, and its 114.9-inch wheelbase has grown by 5.5 inches. Its width has climbed up from 71.5 inches to 74.2 inches, and with a height of just 57.8 inches, it’s almost 3 inches lower than its frumpy predecessor. The Mirai also will seat five for the first time. However, it’s still not as big as the Lexus LS, which is still more than 10 inches long and has an 8-inch-longer wheelbase. Like the existing Mirai, the new version will be put together in Japan.
In the present market, you have to question why the 2021 Mirai isn’t an SUV or a crossover instead of a sedan. “It’s an international car, so we had to consider the international market,” states Tom Kretschmann, a Toyota representative. “SUVs are high demand in the U.S. but not a lot in the remainder of the world, consisting of Europe, Japan, and China.”
The Mirai appears like it’s rear-wheel-drive since it is, sharing its platform with the Lexus LS sedan and LC coupe. The switch from the front-wheel-drive has forced a repackaging of its drivetrain components. However, Jackie Birdsall, the senior engineer in Toyota’s Fuel Cell Hybrid Vehicle group, decreased to elaborate on those changes.
The current Mirai’s “fuel stack,” which includes the fuel cell and the motor-generator is located in advance under the hood. Today’s Model uses the very same nickel-metal-hydride batteries as the Camry Hybrid, and they’re mounted behind the rear seat. Toyota will not validate whether the new Mirai will switch to lithium-ion batteries, which are now utilized in all front-wheel-drive Prius models, and which also will power the company’s future EV model. (The all-wheel-drive Prius still uses nickel-metal-hydride batteries, because they work more efficiently in winter.).
Birsall does say the 2021 Mirai’s boost in range will come from a combination of increased efficiency and additional hydrogen storage. The existing car’s two carbon-fiber-reinforced tanks are mounted under the rear seat and have an overall capacity of 5 kgs. The 2019 Mirai has an EPA-estimated driving variety of 312 miles.
Toyota likewise states the new Mirai will be more powerful and quieter than today’s car. The existing Model’s electrical motor creates 113 kW or the equivalent of 151 horsepower, and it does 0-60 mph in 9 seconds.
2021 Toyota Mirai Interior
The new Mirai’s cabin follows the present Toyota procedure with swoopy dash lines and a large console. There are digital instrumentation and the very same dash-mounted shifter utilized in the present Mirai and Prius models. There’s likewise a 12.3-inch touchscreen, a 14-speaker stereo, warmed and cooled front seats, and a cordless phone-charging pad that takes up much of the console. The prototype we analyzed personally did not have an interior, but the images likewise expose a drive mode button behind the shifter and white stitching throughout its black leather interior.
When it goes on sale late next year, the 2021 Mirai will most likely still be restricted to the California market, but Toyota is working on broadening that footprint, fighting for facilities growth, and coming to grips with local bureaucracies in the Northeast and Pacific Northwest.
Toyota says it spends $1 million an hour on R&D, and it’s the world’s largest maker of fuel-cell stacks in the world, currently making 3,000 a year. It hopes market growth, facilities development, and the higher appeal of the new Mirai’s style will drive sales, with goals to move 30,000 a year in the United States. But the rate is also going to climb up.
2021 Toyota Mirai Price
Today the Mirai has an MSRP of $58,500, but more than 95% are rented, with payments of between $300 and $400 per month. The existing offer is a 36-month lease for $389 a month, with $2,499 due at finalizing. Whether you purchase or lease, Toyota pays for your hydrogen for the very first three years or 15,000 dollars invested, and we’d be surprised if a similar perk didn’t continue with the 2021 model. Today, hydrogen costs between $10 and $18 a kilogram, and the Mirai’s tanks take about five minutes to fill.
There’s still a lot to discover the 2021 Toyota Mirai, and more info will be launched when the car takes the phase at the Tokyo Motor Show later this month. Up until then, we’re amazed. Toyota’s ugliest product will become its best-looking sedan. We didn’t see that coming. Plus, we now know the atomic weight of hydrogen, which ought to come in handy at supper celebrations.