2021 Toyota Mirai Going Upscale With Total Redesign

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The current, first-gen Toyota Mirai isn’t a popular vehicle for reasons that expand beyond its hydrogen powertrain. For one, the Mirai isn’t exactly a good-looking car and the vehicle somehow failed to feel spacious on the inside. These qualms have been mended with the 2021 Toyota Mirai sedan concept, which previews the second-gen Mirai that will debut at the Tokyo Auto Show later this month.

Instead of being based on a front-wheel-drive platform and sharing a lot of exterior cues as the Prius like the current Mirai, the concept sits on a rear-wheel-drive platform and has a coupe-like silhouette that resembles something from Lexus. The rear-wheel-drive layout has allowed Toyota’s designers to pen a vehicle that’s wider, longer, and lower than the first-gen model, which looked chunky and awkward. With a length of 195.8 inches and a width of 74.2 inches, the Mirai Sedan concept is closely matched to the Lexus GS in size.

The interior of the concept gets a massive update, as well. The cabin ditches the three-tiered layout of the center console from the current Mirai for something that’s a lot cleaner and stylish. The sedan has a standard 8-inch digital combination meter, a standard 12.3-inch touchscreen, and an available digital rearview mirror.

2021 Toyota Mirai

Clearly, the changes from the current Mirai to what you see with the Mirai concept reveal a move upmarket to make the vehicle more of a premium sedan. Beyond the updated styling, the Mirai concept is targeting a 30% increase in range, which would result in a range in excess of 400 miles (up from 312 miles).

The boost comes from an improvement in the way the fuel cell system performs and increased hydrogen storage capacity. In addition to having more range, Toyota is promising a quieter and more engaging driving experience.

Another issue with the current Mirai is its availability. The majority of hydrogen fueling stations are located in California and Hawaii, which drastically reduces the availability of the vehicle.

While a lot of Mirai hydrogen cars are leased, pricing for consumers that want to purchase a vehicle isn’t cheap at $59,430 including destination. We can’t help but expect that the changes will result in an increase in pricing. Toyota, though, has some good news, as it states that hydrogen stations are set to open up in the Northeast and “other areas.” Once more stations open up, we’re sure Toyota will expand Mirai sales to other states.

Hydrogen cars are an interesting proposition compared to fully battery-powered cars and gasoline vehicles. They have an electric motor that’s powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. A battery is included in the mix to store the energy from the fuel cell, too, which makes them an electric vehicle. But unlike an EV, hydrogen-powered cars like the Mirai can be refilled in roughly five minutes.

2021 Toyota Mirai

With all of the changes that are coming for the second-gen Mirai, we’re excited for the vehicle. The Tokyo Motor Show begins on October 24, which is when we expect to get more information on the car, like the concept’s layout, what kind of power it has, and its official range.

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, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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