Good looks are to be joined by more passenger space.
The current Mirai, Toyota's first commercially sold hydrogen-powered vehicle, is not the prettiest thing on the market. However, the upcoming model is getting a stunning new look. Not only that, but it will also share a platform with the Lexus LC 500, which means a rear-wheel-drive system that should make it a lot better to drive. Now we have even more reason to be excited by the new Mirai. Among other changes, it will now seat five instead of four.
Japanese news site Spyder7 reports that, yes, the Mirai will seat five, but it will also have an increased range from 403 miles to 521. The electric motor should develop around 152 horsepower too, while the cabin will feature a 12.3-inch infotainment display. Toyota's Safety Sense suite of advanced driver aids will be included too.
Thanks to a longer wheelbase that is stretched from 109.4 inches to 114.9 inches, not only can you fit more people in the back, they will also have more legroom. There's no doubt that the Mirai has the right ingredients to be a successful model now, but there's a lot more infrastructure in place for pure electric vehicles than for hydrogen-powered ones.
Will all of this be enough to sway buyers towards an alternatively powered vehicle, or will the Mirai be a sales flop again? Only time will tell, but we're excited about the possibility of this car becoming as successful as the Prius. If things go the way Toyota hopes, we could see a shift from electric vehicles that indirectly are responsible for emissions to a truly clean motoring solution. If Mazda thinks the next RX sports car should be powered by hydrogen, and even BMW promises a hydrogen-powered X5, then perhaps there's hope for the niche yet. Honda, Hyundai, and others are behind this, and we can't wait to see what comes next.