The Toyota Mirai is a fuel-cell vehicle which first entered the market a couple of years ago. And according to the latest rumors, the manufacturer is planning to introduce the new version of this model which will be launched at the 2020 Toyota Mirai. Under the hood, we don’t anticipate any large changes. But changes in exterior styling, interior, and technology are very likely to happen this time.
Powertrain and performance of the 2020 Toyota Mirai
Like its predecessor, the 2020 Toyota Mirai is a hydrogen fuel-cell vehicle meaning that it doesn’t have a traditional engine, but instead it uses hydrogen which powers the vehicle’s motor. Precisely, the Mirai uses the fuel cell stack of 114 kWh which combines hydrogen from two tanks placed under the rear seats and oxygen from the air. And it produces electricity and water vapor which makes it the greenest car on the road. The total output of this powertrain is 153 horsepower and 247 pound-feet of torque. This unit is mated to an ECVT, a continuously variable automatic transmission. Furthermore, speaking of the fuel economy, it is rated at 67 MPGe and it has the range of around 312 miles.
The exterior and interior design
As expected, the 2020 Toyota Mirai will keep its futuristic and modern styling. The front end is dominated by slim headlamps and thin grille. And there are very large air intakes which give it an aggressive appearance. There are used to cool the motor since the fuel cells produce strong heat. Furthermore, the whole body will feature the aerodynamic shape which will make it faster. However, for the 2020 model year could receive some small upgrades considering lights, new wheels, and perhaps some new exterior colors which will make it look more modern.
The interior of the 2020 Toyota Mirai will look like the brand’s other hybrids and EV models and the Mirai inherit a similar design as the Prius Prime. The overall design of the cabin is pleasant and bright and it can welcome four passengers comfortably. The rear seats are a bit crowded. And the fifth passenger can’t be placed since there is a center console which divides two rear occupants. On the other hand, the front seats are comfortable and provide enough space. The center of the dashboard is fitted with a large tablet-like touchscreen for the infotainment system.
The 2020 Toyota Mirai will come standard with heated steering wheel and front seats, power door, windows, and locks, navigation, a JBL premium audio system with 11 speakers, LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitors, an 8-way power driver’s seat, rear cross-traffic alert, dual-zone climate control, smart key with push-button start, and driver power-lumbar support. For now, we still don’t know if the manufacturer will finally offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
Release date and price of the 2020 Toyota Mirai
Unfortunately, we still don’t have the precise information about the release date of the new 2020 Toyota Mirai. But it could be presented sometime in the second half of next year. We don’t expect any large departure from the current model considering its price which starts at $58,500.