New Toyota Mirai Concept hydrogen car announced
A new Toyota Mirai Concept will be unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show on 24 October, previewing a sleek new exterior design and advanced hydrogen fuel-cell technology.
As the concept is based on the company’s Toyota New Generation Architecture (TNGA) platform, smoother acceleration, better handling and increased passenger comfort are also promised.
"We have worked to make a car that customers will want to drive all the time, a car that has an emotional and attractive design and the kind of dynamic and responsive performance that can bring a smile to the driver's face," said the Mirai’s chief engineer, Yoshikazu Tanaka.
He continued: "I want customers to say 'I chose the Mirai because I simply wanted this car, and it just happens to be an FCEV.' We will continue our development work focusing on that feeling, and we hope that with the new Mirai we will be a leader in helping to realize a hydrogen energy society."
The first-generation Mirai was launched in 2014, and Toyota says 10,000 examples have been sold across the globe since then.
The second-generation car – previewed by this Mirai Concept – looks set to hit showrooms late in 2020, with the manufacturer targeting Japanese, North American and European markets first.
Toyota’s TNGA chassis has given the company greater flexibility with the Mirai’s exterior design: the lower, tauter lines give the car a sleeker appearance, with bolder proportions thanks to 20-inch alloy wheels.
The front grille is cleaner and more distinctive than that of the current model, while the rear looks more purposeful, too. Inside, the interior design takes a huge leap forward with a premium-feeling cabin.
A 12.3-inch screen and digital instrument display are joined together in a single unit on top of the dashboard, with buttons on the steering wheel and centre console to control the car’s numerous functions. The TNGA platform has also allowed Toyota’s engineers to include five seats, up from the four in the existing car.
Toyota says other benefits of TNGA include more body rigidity, a lower centre of gravity and rear-wheel drive, which should lead to better handling more driver enjoyment.