Toyota has announced the 2021 Mirai will be priced from $49,500 in the United States.
While that’s nearly as much as the outgoing Lexus GS, Toyota noted it’s a savings of $9,050 compared to the 2020 Mirai.
Customers will also have the option of leasing the entry-level Mirai XLE for $499 a month. Regardless of which route they take, they’ll receive up to $15,000 worth of complimentary hydrogen fuel.
The 2021 Mirai is a major improvement over its predecessor and the model comes standard with LED lighting units as well as 19-inch aluminum wheels.
Moving into the cabin, drivers will find an 8-inch digital instrument cluster and a 12.3-inch infotainment system with Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility. The model also sports a 14-speaker JBL audio system with a subwoofer.
The amenities don’t end as there as the Mirai XLE has a power tilt / telescopic steering wheel, a dual-zone automatic climate control system and heated SofTex front seats with 8-way power adjustment on the driver’s side. Rounding out the highlights are a wireless smartphone charger, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and a HomeLink universal transceiver.
On the safety front, there’s an assortment of driver assistance systems including auto high beam headlights, a blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert and a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection. The model also has lane departure alert with steering assist, road sign assist, lane tracing assist and full-speed range dynamic radar cruise control.
If that’s not impressive enough, the $1,410 Advanced Technology Package adds a bird’s eye view camera, front seat foot illumination and front / rear parking assist with automated braking.
Buyers looking for something more luxurious can upgrade to the Mirai Limited, which starts at $66,000 and can be leased for $549 a month. It has a slightly revised exterior with rain-sensing wipers, a panoramic glass roof and special 19-inch wheels. The model can also be equipped with 20-inch “Super Chrome” wheels for an additional $1,120.
Bigger changes occur in the cabin as the Limited ups the ante in terms of luxury. Among the changes are heated / ventilated front and rear seats, an 8-way power passenger seat and a tri-zone automatic climate control system with a rear touchscreen. The model also features a digital rearview mirror, a power rear sunshade and manual side sunshades for rear seat passengers.
Other niceties include intelligent parking assist, a bird’s eye view camera and front / rear parking assist with automated braking.
All Mirais ride on a rear-wheel drive platform and feature a new fuel cell stack that is smaller and lighter than before. The model also has a three hydrogen storage tanks, a 1.24 kWh lithium-ion battery and an electric motor that develops 180 hp (134 kW / 182 PS) and 221 lb-ft (300 Nm) of torque.
This setup enables the car to accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 9.2 seconds. Toyota also confirmed the model has an EPA-estimated range of up to 402 miles (647 km), but that drops to 357 miles (575 km) in the Limited.
Of course, buying one won’t be easy as the 2021 Mirai will only be offered in California.