The Mirai is Toyota's alternative-fuel futuremobile, powered by an electric motor fed from a hydrogen fuel cell. Toyota introduced the oddball as a 2016 model, exclusively offered in California, which is one of the few states with the hydrogen infrastructure to support such a vehicle. This year marks the introduction of a larger, more premium second-generation Mirai. It competes with other fuel cell and electric vehicles including the Hyundai Nexo, Honda Clarity, and Tesla Model 3.
Toyota promises that the redesigned 2021 Mirai will offer an upgraded powertrain with enhanced performance. That leads us to believe the new Mirai will provide more than its predecessor's 151-hp 247-lb-ft electric motor and will hit 60 mph sooner than that car's 8.6 seconds.
Thanks to a hydrogen fuel cell with more capacity than that of the first-gen model, Toyota is targeting a 30 percent increase in driving range. Based on the 2020 model's 312-mile range, expect the new Mirai to travel around 400 miles before needing to stop to refuel—a process that only takes five or 10 minutes.
We expect the next-gen Mirai to feature Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+, the automaker's latest, most advanced collection of driver-assist active safety features. The suite includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane keep assist with lane centering, adaptive cruise control, automatic high-beams, and road sign assistance.
The next-gen Mirai interior includes at least one major improvement over its predecessor: It seats five passengers instead of just four. The 2021 Mirai's longer wheelbase suggests it may offer more interior room than the model it replaces. We doubt there will be much improvement over the 2020 model's 42.5 inches of front legroom, but rear legroom should be well beyond that car's 30.1 inches.
Toyota reports the second-generation Mirai will include a standard 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system and 14-speaker audio. Those are serious improvements over the 2020 model's 7.0-inch screen and 11-speaker sound system. Expect Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to be standard.
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