The hydrogen fuel cell-powered second generation Mirai is scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. next month, boasting two grades and the Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ bundle as standard across the range.
This new model is based on the Mirai Concept from 2019 and represents a massive departure from the styling of the first-generation car, which was awkward-looking – to put it mildly.
The new design is said to be more aerodynamic, featuring a highly rigid coupe-like body that is lower, longer and wider. Its bolder stance is further accentuated by the available 20-inch alloy wheels, while buyers will get a choice of five colors: Hydro Blue, Oxygen White, Supersonic Red, Heavy Metal and Black.
The new Mirai will be offered in two grades, XLE and Limited. The latter get 19-inch black wheels as standard and 20-inch super chrome-finish ones as optional extras, while and the XLE comes standard with 19-inch twin-spoke rims.
Inside, the XLE get Black SofTex-trimmed heated seats with gray stitching covering the doors, headliner and steering wheel, as well as silver accents throughout the cabin. The Limited offers a choice of black or white heated and ventilated perforated SofTex-trimmed seats, as well as a panoramic moonroof panels with power sliding shade. This trim also features a power sunshade for the rear window.
In terms of tech, you get a standard 12.3-inch infotainment display with 14 JBL speakers, a subwoofer and amplifier, as well as Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility. Behind the steering wheel there’s an 8-inch color LCD digital gauge cluster, while a Qi-compatible smartphone wireless charging tray is also available at no extra cost.
The 2021 Mirai is one of three Toyota models to feature the Safety Sense 2.5+ suite, which now includes a smarter Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection that can see cyclists, pedestrians and even an oncoming vehicle or pedestrian at an intersection when performing a left-hand turn.
The new Mirai also offers Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, which can be activated at speeds of more than 30 mph (48 km/h) and can bring the car to a complete stop if necessary, while also being able to resume from a complete stop.
Another feature allows for the overtaking of slower vehicles. According to Toyota, “if traveling behind a vehicle traveling slower than the preset speed, once the driver engages the turn signal with steering input the system will provide an initial increase in acceleration in preparation for changing lanes; after changing lanes, the vehicle will continue acceleration until it reaches the preset driving speed.”
Additional Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+ features include Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beams and the Road Sign Assist function.
Even though no official specs were provided by the Japanese carmaker, the 2021 Mirai reportedly comes with three hydrogen storage tanks that facilitate a driving range of 528 miles (850 km) according to Japanese standards. The electric motor meanwhile is said to deliver 180 HP (182 PS) and 221 lb-ft (300 Nm) of torque, allowing for a top speed of 109 mph (175 km/h).
Pricing should be announced at a later date.