We still don’t have any good idea on when the Toyota Mirai will become more widespread throughout North America, which means we still don’t know when it will be available here in Lima or the surrounding area. However, Toyota isn’t showing any signs of slowing its dedication to the fuel cell electric vehicle, as they just redesigned the model for its new, second generation. We thought we’d highlight some of the exciting changes they made to the vehicle.
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While it might not feel like it, considering how small a sample size the vehicle has been offered in, the Mirai has been around for quite a few years now. So, it’s no surprise Toyota has decided to enhance it and propel it into the next generation.
Let’s start with a brief overview of the design enhancements, which are clear just from looking at the images here on this page. They’ve brought the Mirai much more in line with the rest of sedans on the Toyota lineup, also granting it a coupe-like design on its new rear-wheel drive platform. We won’t get bogged down in all of the design details, as they’ve changed so much, we could focus a handful of blogs on just this topic.
While the Toyota Mirai continues to be a Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle, its powertrain has been upgraded and even provides improved performance. The updated FC system includes a 20-percent smaller/50-percent lighter fuel cell stack as well as a relocated air intake manifold and optimized gas channel separator. These latter two adjustments have led to a 12-percent increase in power, resulting in an overall output of 182 horsepower alongside 221 pound-feet of torque. This is only scratching the surface of the updates, too.
In addition, the vehicle provides a 30-percent increase in range (which means up to 402 miles) on the XLE trim level, a host of new features and content in aspects like luxury, safety and technology and Toyota will even provide up to $15,000 of hydrogen fuel included in the purchase or lease of a Mirai.
We’ll keep our ear to the ground on whether or not the Mirai will be expanding its presence, as we’re excited to see them roaming the streets of Ohio.