The Mirai has certainly never been one of Toyota’s best-looking vehicles. In fact, some have even found its design to be weird and somewhat resembling a fish out of water. Here's a photo of it below to help you jog your memory.
But that look will be no more. Toyota has given the hydrogen fuel cell powered sedan a complete do-over for the next-generation as it looks nothing like the out-going model we know.
Yes, the large-full size sedan you see here painted in a stunning shade of blue is indeed the Mirai set for a late 2020 release. It’s a remarkable difference in design alone. The side profile looks similar to the luxurious Lexus ES sedan especially the window line and coupe-like roofline. Up front, it has a two-tier headlight design styled with similar styling to the Prius paired with a large grill. At the rear, there’s a full-width taillight and an integrated trunk spoiler. Completing the design makeover are large 20-inch wheels.
To match the more luxurious exterior, the interior has also been given an upgrade. The cabin has been redesigned and now uses high-quality materials befitting the sedan’s new styling. Some of the features include a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment display with navigation and a 14-speaker JBL sound system.
Aside from its radical redesign, one of the most significant changes for the next-generation Mirai, however, would be its transition from front-wheel drive to rear-wheel drive. According to Toyota, the switch allowed designers to turn the Mirai into a longer, lower and wider sedan compared to the outgoing model. For those wondering, the next-generation model measures in 4,975mm long, 1,885mm wide, and 1,470mm tall with a 2,920mm wheelbase. For reference, the Lexus ES has around the same measurements as the new Mirai.
Toyota has yet to reveal details about the new powertrain apart from it still being a hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicle. The automaker did say that they expect it to have 30% more range compared to the outgoing model. Except full details to be revealed at a later date or during its public debut at the 2019 Tokyo Motor Show.