Toyota recently announced that it will preview the second-generation Mirai fuel cell electric concept vehicle (FCEV) at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show next week.
The Mirai Concept, which is in the final stages of development, will be on display at "Future Expo" from October 24 until November 4.
According to Toyota, the totally re-designed Mirai reflects a major step forward for FCEVs and the potential of a hydrogen society, boasting significantly greater range, improved driving performance, and an elegant, sporty design that offers increased passenger room and comfort.
Powering the Mirai is a fully-redesigned fuel cell system by Toyota, which includes a fuel cell stack that delivers substantially improved performance.
Toyota says that the new fuel cell system targets a 30% increase in driving range over the current generation thanks to increased hydrogen storage capacity, among other measures.
Launched in 2014, the first-generation Toyota Mirai proved the global potential of hydrogen to power clean and sustainable mobility, combining a driving range with refueling time equivalent to conventional vehicles and emissions of nothing but water.
Since then, approximately 10,000 Mirais have been sold globally, helping pave the way towards a hydrogen society that will reduce emissions, diversify energy sources, and generate global economic growth.
Coming back to the second-gen Mirai concept, the car features a dynamic exterior design built on Toyota's latest TNGA platform, including low lines, elegant proportions, sleek, taut bodywork and large 20-inch wheels that generate a powerful and distinctive look.
Even the colour we’re looking at now, known as “Force Blue Multiple Layers”, was newly developed using layers of colour to achieve exceptional brightness and depth.
Inside, the next-gen Mirai Concept comes equipped with a 12.3-inch wide screen on the centre console and instrument panel which embraces the driver, providing a simple, modern space to create a feeling of warmth and comfort.
The fuel cell system configuration using the TNGA platform also allows for five seats instead of the current-generation Mirai's four.
As for the powertrain, the Mirai’s fuel cell system has been upgraded to offer better performance and increased hydrogen storage capacity, with a thirty percent increase in approximate driving range.
The vehicle has also been totally redesigned based on Toyota's premium rear-wheel drive TNGA platform to combine greater agility and driving performance with a sleek and elegant exterior design.
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