Toyota planned to launch the second-generation Mirai throughout December; However, finally, the hydrogen car’s first reviews have begun to be published by the Japanese press this week. Although the brand has not officially published the vehicle specifications, these tests have revealed some of its technical characteristics.
The model has three hydrogen storage tanks, allowing it to reach an approximate range of 528 miles under the lax Japanese cycle. All in all, this is a 30% increase over the previous generation. This substantial improvement will be highly appreciated by users, especially if we consider the still scarce network of hydro generators.
The Mirai is now rear-wheel drive; it also has a more powerful electric motor (182 hp/134 kW, 300 Nm). Its top speed is 175 km/h. Its platform is the same as used by the Toyota Crown and Lexus LS, which has allowed it to “upgrade” in category (now we could consider it an executive sedan in the E segment). Its weight distribution is also 50:50, which should make it more fun to drive.
Aesthetically, the vehicle will be practically identical to the prototype shown last year, good news if we consider that the concept car was much more attractive and “conventional” than the controversial first-generation Mirai, which had more ornate and exaggerated lines.
The Base model will already include rich standard equipment, including 19-inch wheels, full LED headlights, heated seats with electric adjustments, a 12.3-inch touchscreen multimedia system, Apple Car Play, Android Auto, and JBL sound system with 14 speakers, and Toyota Safety Sense assistants battery.
The Executive will add adaptive headlights, a 360-degree camera, a heated steering wheel with electrical adjustments, ambient lighting, synthetic leather upholstery, wireless charging for smartphones, and a blind spot assistant. At the same time, the Advance will include 20-inch wheels, panoramic roof, Heads-up Display, driver’s seat with memory function, and ventilated front seats.