The first hydrogen fuel cell vehicle which represents the brand’s first zero-emission vehicle in the lineup and which was produced for the masses is once again ready for some small upgrades. It is the upcoming 2018 Toyota Mirai which should arrive pretty much unchanged and we can only expect some minor adjustments. Since the Mirai model is relatively new model, it was introduced in 2016 and refreshed as the 2017 model year, there was no need to do anything large. Perhaps we could only see upgrades considering technology, precisely the upgrade of the infotainment system. For a mid-cycle facelift we will have to wait for the year of 2019 or even 2020.
Dimensionally, the Toyota Mirai is almost the same size as the Camry model. It offers space for four passengers and it is very well equipped. As well, it provides better range than many other electric cars but it lacks in acceleration.
Its main rivals will include Hyundai Tucson fuel cell, Honda Clarity, BMW330e iPerformance, Chevy Bolt EV, Toyota Prius and Nissan Leaf. Currently, it is sold in Europe, California and Japan only.
2018 Toyota Mirai drivetrain and performance
In the engine department, the 2018 Toyota Mirai will use the same powertrain as the current model. It is powered with fuel cell drivetrain of 114 kWh, placed under the front seats, which sends the power to an electric motor. There is also a nickel-hybrid battery which has the capacity of 1.6 kWh. The total output of this unit is 153 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque. When fully loaded, it has the range of 312 miles. As for the acceleration, it is able to hit 60 mph in around 9 seconds. The front-wheel drive system will be standard. Moreover, speaking of the hydrogen fuel efficiency, it gets 67 mpg.
Design of exterior and interior
When it comes to exterior design, the 2018 Toyota Mirai will also continue with the design of the 2017 model year. The Mirai sedan is a vehicle which you either like or not. The whole body is about sharp lines and edges. The headlamps are very slim and give it more aggressive appearance.
Inside the cabin, the 2018 Toyota Mirai is able to accommodate up to four passengers comfortably. The seats are sufficiently comfortable and upholstered in premium synthetic leather. As well the cabin is very quiet and equipped with many features. The dashboard will get a display with latest Entune infotainment system and navigation. Some of the features included will be keyless entry, premium sound system, CD player, Bluetooth, cruise control, adaptive cruise control, power door lock, climate control and many other more. Furthermore, speaking of the safety, it will be provided with many systems. Some of them are seven airbags, cross traffic alert, stability control, traction control, blind spot monitor, lane departure warning and so on.
Release date and price
We assume that the 2018 Toyota Mirai should arrive sometime during next year. As for the pricing, it is expected to start at around $57,500.