Review: Toyota Mirai 2 FCEV (2020)
Toyota Mirai 2 FCEV (2020): At A Glance
Toyota previewed its second generation Mirai FCEV at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show (23 October to 4 November 2019).
The original Mirai helped create global awareness of how a future clean and sustainable hydrogen society might be achieved. It is a car that is technically sophisticated, yet eminently practical with a driving range of around 300 miles, easy refuelling in a matter of minutes and no emissions other than pure water.
Since launch, around 10,000 Mirai have been sold. At the same time, Toyota has actively supported the development of hydrogen fuel infrastructure in key markets worldwide.
Scheduled for launch in 2020, initially in Japan, North America and Europe, the Mirai II, on Toyota's TNGA platform shows how an eco car can be rewarding to drive and beautiful to look at.
Toyota is targeting a 30 per cent increase in Mirai’s driving range through improvements to the fuel cell system and the use of larger on-board hydrogen tanks.
Yoshikazu Tanaka, the new Mirai’s Chief Engineer, said: “Our goal is making a car that customers will feel they want to drive all 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.
The new Mirai has low lines, elegant proportions, sleek, taut bodywork and large, 20-inch diameter wheels to generate "a powerful and distinctive look."
The interior is conceived as a simple, modern space with a warm, comfortable ambience that adds to the sense this is a car that’s genuinely enjoyable to drive and travel in. Elements include a 12.3-inch centre display and an instrument panel that wraps around the driver. The platform and packaging allow for five seats to be provided.
The freedom to craft a more emotional and head-turning design has been one of the benefits of new Mirai being constructed on Toyota’s latest rear wheel drive TNGA modular platform, which was engineered to accommodate different powertrains – including a hydrogen fuel cell – from the outset. It gives the new Mirai a higher degree of body rigidity, which contributes to greater agility and responsiveness, and a lower centre of gravity, which makes for nimble, rewarding handling.
As well as extending the potential driving range, improvements in the performance of the fuel cell system give the new Mirai linear, smooth response when pulling away and an elegant driving feel, with unity between the driver’s throttle inputs and the car’s acceleration. Handling is light and easy on winding roads, while highway driving produces an exceptional sense of power at all speeds.