Toyota on Monday launched long-awaited U.S. function particulars for its second-generation Mirai hydrogen fuel-cell automobile, slated for first U.S. deliveries in December. 

The 2021 Mirai contains some dramatic adjustments versus the first-generation Mirai that was supplied by way of the 2020 mannequin 12 months—in look, and in your complete structure of the car, because the rear-wheel-drive sport-sedan proportions trace.

The Mirai was a launchpad for in-cabin tech in its first-generation type. Toyota seems to proceed that trajectory for the second era, bringing much more connectivity options and active-safety options into the combo—all in preparation for a mannequin anticipated to promote in far better numbers that the outgoing mannequin. 

And maybe as an additional indication that Toyota plans to step up the variety of Mirai drivers, for the primary time Toyota will provide a number of trim ranges (grades) for the Mirai

Mirai XLE variations have heated seats, dual-zone local weather management, and power-folding aspect mirrors with puddle lamps. Restricted fashions get an unique Hydro Blue coloration, with different decisions in the remainder of the lineup now together with white, black, purple, and Heavy Steel (assuming grey) hues. The Restricted provides a panoramic moonroof with energy sliding sunshade, a rear-window sunshade, and black or white perforated faux-leather seats with accent stitching. Larger 20-inch wheels are an choice solely on the Restricted, over the 19-inch wheels on different fashions.

2021 Toyota Mirai

2021 Toyota Mirai

On all Mirai fashions, a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system will provide Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and Amazon Alexa compatibility, and there’s a wi-fi charging tray for units—though there’s no point out of modern connectivity for wi-fi Apple CarPlay. 

A brand new suite of energetic security options can be included on your complete lineup. Toyota says the Mirai is one in every of simply three fashions to incorporate its new “Toyota Security Sense 2.5+,” including pedestrian and bicycle detection to its pre-collision system, and wrapping in emergency steering help, full-speed adaptive cruise management, and lane-keep help. Computerized excessive beams and a road-sign recognition system are included, too. 

2021 Toyota Mirai concept, 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show

2021 Toyota Mirai idea, 2019 Los Angeles Auto Present

In any other case, Toyota first confirmed the Mirai in prototype type greater than a 12 months in the past, however it’s launched surprisingly little details about essentially the most noteworthy items in it: the hydrogen fuel-cell stack and electrical propulsion system. With the brand new rear-wheel-drive structure, there’s extra space for hydrogen storage, and adopting a extra environment friendly next-generation fuel-cell stack, Toyota says there might be a 30-percent acquire in vary—past the present EPA-rated 312-mile vary, to over 400 miles.

In an interview late final 12 months Mirai chief engineer Yoshikazu Tanaka instructed Inexperienced Automotive Reviews that energy might be “substantially improved” in the 2021 Mirai, and he hinted at extra partaking driving dynamics.

2021 Toyota Mirai concept

2021 Toyota Mirai idea

Toyota’s launch additionally nonetheless lacks general specs of the five-seater, anticipated to be about 196 inches lengthy by 75 inches huge, and driving on a 115-inch wheelbase. That’s a lot bigger than the present automobile, though it’s decrease than the present automobile, at about 54 inches excessive. 

The corporate has introduced that it’s going to assist the set up of 7 new hydrogen fueling stations for Southern California with associate Iwatani. Though Toyota hasn’t but confirmed whether or not will probably be purchased or leased, we suspect once more that the overwhelming majority might be leased, with the overwhelming majority—exterior of some outlying hydrogen-station outposts—might be in California. 

Iwatani hydrogen fueling station rendering

Iwatani hydrogen fueling station rendering

Toyota has continued to reveal the potential strengths of hydrogen gas cells with objects like semi trucks and a Lunar Cruiser. However with out a lot of the anticipated buildout of hydrogen infrastructure in recent times, and a few high-profile blunders regarding hydrogen availability, the Mirai seems to be prefer it’s shaping as much as be far more of a testomony to what hydrogen automobiles could be than a dash towards market feasibility.