Like the concept? The production version will look very similar.
Toyota surprised everyone exactly last year at this time when it debuted a concept version of the next-generation Mirai. The current first-gen Mirai hydrogen fuel cell vehicle really isn't much to look at. It's roughly the size and shape of a Toyota Prius and has not been a huge success despite its EPA-rated 312-mile range. By contrast, the upcoming new model is a large and luxurious sedan with slick styling and is widely believed to ride a modified version of the platform underpinning the Lexus LS 500.
In other words, the new Toyota Mirai could become a hydrogen fuel cell alternative to the Tesla Model S. Time will tell, however, but that time is coming soon. Fortunately, we now know when the production version will arrive, as Toyota Japan has launched a new teaser website announcing a December debut.
No other specific details, design or mechanical, have been provided, with one exception: the new Mirai will indeed be rear-wheel-drive. Because of its expected platform, the only alternative would have been all-wheel-drive.
In general, the images we have show a concept vehicle that is, at the very least, 95 percent production ready inside and out. The leap from the current Mirai to its successor is significant. Toyota could have easily sold this as a Lexus but opted to keep it as a member of its mainstream brand. Its coupe-like exterior styling looks fantastic with its lower, longer, and wider dimensions and 20-inch wheels. The interior includes a Toyota Premium Multimedia system with a 12.3-inch high-resolution touchscreen with navigation and a 14-speaker JBL sound system.
In terms of range, Toyota previously stated it hopes to achieve at least a 30 percent increase over the outgoing model. Do the math and we're looking at over 405 miles. Toyota also promises a more powerful vehicle, which shouldn't be too hard to accomplish given the current Mirai only has 151 horsepower.
Unfortunately, there's still one significant downside, not just to the new Mirai but all FCEVs in general: a lack of refueling stations. There's currently a huge effort to build a battery-electric charging network in the US and other countries, but far less of a push for a similar hydrogen network. This means the new Mirai will have limited appeal.