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TOYOTA MIRAI SALOON Hydrogen fuel cell Design Premium Pack 4dr CVT

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FuelHydrogen Fuel Cell

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TransmissionAutomatic

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0 - 62 mph9s

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The second generation version of Toyota's Mirai is a model the brand wants you to choose on its own merits, not just because it's a hydrogen fuel cell car. Its predecessor was first to market with this technology and this replacement design aims to play a key role in popularising it amongst forward-thinking ordinary buyers. Ultimately, this contender needs a far more developed hydrogen station infrastructure for popular acceptance. But it's a fascinating glimpse into all our motoring futures.

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With the Mirai, Toyota pioneered hydrogen fuel cell motoring. Can this MK2 model further develop it? Jonathan Crouch takes a look.

Ten Second Review

The second generation version of Toyota's Mirai is a model the brand wants you to choose on its own merits, not just because it's a hydrogen fuel cell car. Its predecessor was first to market with this technology and this replacement design aims to play a key role in popularising it amongst forward-thinking ordinary buyers. Ultimately, this contender needs a far more developed hydrogen station infrastructure for popular acceptance. But it's a fascinating glimpse into all our motoring futures.

Background

Are you ready for a hydrogen fuel cell car yet? Probably not. But Toyota wants you to be. Any really switched-on industry analyst will tell you that electrification is a short-term fix to the environmental impact of the motor vehicle and that hydrogen fuel cell tech is a far more sustainable route to long term global mobility. As you'd expect it might be given that a hydrogen fuel cell car needs no smoky power stations to provide its energy, emits nothing more deadly than pure water and can be recharged in a matter of minutes. Unfortunately, many manufacturers and governments have yet to grasp this concept - but Toyota does. The Japanese maker was first to market with a volume-produced hydrogen-powered car, launching the first generation version of its Mirai model back in 2014, since when around 10,000 examples have been sold worldwide, mostly to research institutes, government organisation and companies involved in the growing hydrogen economy. This second generation design is tasked with attracting real customers to the fold and wants to be a car you'd choose to own on its own merits, not just because of its futuristic powertrain. Lofty ambitions then.

Driving Experience

With the first generation Mirai, Toyota was so focused on making the fuel cell technology actually work that thoughts of drive dynamics were somewhat secondary. This MK2 model is different. Chief Engineer Yoshikazu Tanaka wants the Mirai now to have 'the kind of dynamic and responsive performance that can bring a smile to the driver's face'. The starting point in achieving that goal was the installation of a much stiffer and more sophisticated TNGA platform shared with the Japanese market Toyota Crown executive saloon. And a switch away from the front-driven format of the MK1 model to a rear-driven drivetrain. More power was also needed, the previous car's 152bhp output increased here to 180bhp, a level now deemed more appropriate for the Mirai's more up-market aspirations. And of course, Toyota knew that future buyers would want this car to go further between hydrogen cell refills - hence a 30% range increase: this car will now go over 400 miles between top-ups. The chassis changes won't be enough to create really rewarding handling - the car's really too heavy for that. The updates instead have been targeted at creating the kind of elegant, luxury feel that's been benchmarked by Tanaka-san and his team against conventional luxury models from BMW and Mercedes. The engineers worked on creating light and easy handling on winding roads and a linear, smooth response when pulling away.

Design and Build

Just as the dumpy turn-of-the-century first generation Toyota Prius turned from ugly duckling into something of a swan in second generation form, so it is with this Mirai. With this MK2 model, the stylists were given the freedom to create a more emotional and head-turning design with low lines, elegant proportions, sleek, taut bodywork, a deep rear diffuser and large 20-inch wheels. There's a more rakish profile, thanks to a sloping rear roof line and a long bonnet. And there's a bit more overtaking presence at the front, thanks to a wide grille and a large chin spoiler. This is also now a significantly larger car too, the 4,975mm total length being 85mm longer than the previous car. The interior benefits from a 140mm wheelbase increase (to 2,920mm) and features the predictable step up in quality in line with this Mirai model's more up-market aspirations. The cabin was conceived as a simple modern space with a warm, comfortable ambiance. Key elements include a 12.3-inch centre display and an instrument panel that wraps around the driver, with a digital screen for the gauges you view through the redesigned steering wheel. Plus you get leather upholstery, a wireless 'phone charger and a soft-touch dashboard. There's a significant change at the rear, which can now seat three people rather than two thanks to changes in the design and packaging of this second generation model's updated hydrogen storage system.

Market and Model

With this MK2 Mirai, Toyota has slashed the price by 24%, seeking to gain more traction in the hydrogen fuel cell segment. The asking figures now begin at around £50,000, which gets you the base 'Design' version. The mid-range 'Design Plus Pack' variant costs around £54,000 and the top 'Design Premium Pack' model costs around £65,000. That's still a lot of money for a saloon of this size but even at this level, the brand is probably not covering the cost of this technology. It won't always be like this. Rivals Hyundai are working with Audi to cut the cost of a fuel cell powertrain by half and reduce the overall cost of a fuel cell car by 30%, so Toyota will have to follow suit. Mirai buyers won't of course be forking out the total sum prior to a drive away from the showroom. Not usually anyway. Virtually all sales will be done on finance deals, usually to eco-minded corporations wanting to make a green statement. From launch, To=yota was asking £435 (ex Vat) a month on BCH finance for the base 'Design' model, £450 per month ex-VAT on BCH for the mid-range 'Design Plus Pack' variant and £609 ex Vat per month on BCH for the top 'Design Premium Pack' model. As a Mirai customer, you shouldn't come expecting too many options: there's no need as all the key luxuries will come as standard. At least you won't find the process of market comparison too taxing. For the time being, there's actually only one other hydrogen fuel cell car on sale in our market, the Hyundai Nexo, which costs around £70,000.

Cost of Ownership

With this second generation Mirai, Toyota's 'FCEV' ('Fuel Cell Electric Vehicle') needed a bit of a re-think if the design goals in enhancing driving range and increasing interior space were to be realised. The hydrogen fuel load is now split between three tanks rather than two, these fashioned from carbonfibre and aluminium, with a longitudinal one positioned between the front seats and two transverse ones under the rear bench and cargo area floor. The gas is stored at 700 bar (10,000psi). Together, these tanks improve the car's fuel capacity to 5.6kg, 1kg more than the original model - hence the longer 400 mile driving range (up from 300 miles before), a distance also boosted by various drivetrain efficiency improvements. A hydrogen refill takes no longer than around five minutes. That's the good news. The bad news is that finding a hydrogen station to facilitate that process is likely to be a challenge. At the time of writing, there were just 16 operational hydrogen fuel stations in the UK, with six more being planned. Those already operational are mainly located around London and the M4 corridor, but there are also stations near Sheffield and Birmingham, plus two in Aberdeen and one on Orkney. There are plans to increase the number of available stations to 65 by the year 2025.

Summary

It's disappointing that since the launch of the original Mirai, so little progress has been made with improving the hydrogen filling station infrastructure - and that's a particular problem in the UK. Unless you happen to live near a refuelling point and have another somewhere near your regular journey destinations, it's difficult to see how a hydrogen fuel cell car could make any sense to an ordinary family or business buyer. Even one determined to early-adopt themselves to this far more sustainable brand of automotive propulsion. One day, hopefully that will change, but in the meantime, Toyota is getting on with perfecting this car and has done a thorough job here. Even if you happened to actually own a hydrogen filling station, you might have had trouble justifying the original Mirai, with its awkward looks and compromised cabin. There are no issues of that kind with this second generation design. Toyota has again set the standard here. Other brands should watch and learn.

  • Privacy glass
  • Electric front/rear windows with one touch
  • Front wiper de-icer
  • Auto wipers
  • Auto up and down function on all power windows
  • Rear window defogger
  • Variable intermittent windscreen wipers

  • Emergency brake light signal (EBS)
  • Brake assist
  • Hill start assist control (HAC)
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • Downhill Assist Control (DAC)
  • Traction control
  • Anti lock brake system + Electronic Brake force Distribution

  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with Brake Assist
  • Vehicle dynamic integrated management (VDIM)

  • Bluetooth hands free phone with voice control system
  • Smartphone integration compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Wireless Smartphone charger
  • Voice recognition

  • Driver attention alert system
  • Reversing camera
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Electric power steering
  • Intelligent adaptive cruise control
  • Front and rear parking sensors with intelligent clearance sonar with automatic braking
  • Panoramic view monitor
  • Teammate advanced park
  • Pitch and bounce control

  • eCall emergency system
  • Water release switch
  • Push button starter

  • Head up Display
  • Touch 2 Go navigation system
  • My T Connected services
  • 8" colour multi-information screen
  • Fuel-cell system indicator
  • Hydrogen consumption indicator
  • 12.3" multimedia display screen

  • Black insert on door mirror
  • Framed rear view mirror
  • Digital rear view mirror
  • Power retractable door mirrors
  • Memory function for door mirrors
  • Reverse tilting door mirrors
  • Power adjustable door mirrors
  • Electric heated door mirrors
  • Body coloured door mirrors

  • Satin chrome deco line on doors

  • AMP
  • USB device charger
  • Steering wheel mounted controls
  • DAB Digital radio
  • 2x USB sockets in rear
  • Toyota touch 2 multimedia system
  • Wi-fi connectivity
  • 2x USB sockets in front armrest
  • JBL Premium sound system with 14 speakers

  • Black diffuser
  • Black and body coloured rear bumper
  • Black lower front grille
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Body colour front bumper
  • Body colour door handles
  • Black front and rear door insert
  • Fuel cell badge on boot door and brand name marking
  • Toyota sky view panoramic sunroof with powered sunshade
  • MIRAI door scuff plates

  • Indicators integrated into front bumper
  • Turning signal (multi LED)
  • Automatic headlamp levelling
  • Rear foglights
  • Cornering light
  • Follow me home headlights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Puddle lights
  • LED rear combination lights
  • LED Indicators
  • Auto headlights
  • Headlight cut-off reminder
  • Automatic headlights cut-off
  • LED High mounted stop light
  • LED dual beam projector headlights
  • LED front light guide
  • LED rear light guide
  • RHD aiming

  • Triple zone automatic air conditioning
  • Rear passenger air vents
  • Clean air filter
  • Remote air-conditioning system
  • Humidifying NanoeTM air purifier

  • Front bottle holders
  • Satin chrome insert on front cup holders and upper dashboard
  • 0.5 litre bottle holder
  • 3 spoke leather steering wheel
  • Chrome interior door handles
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Front/rear assist grips
  • Front door pockets
  • 2x Rear coat hooks
  • Active sound control
  • Semi-aniline leather upholstery
  • Rear console box
  • Single compartment glovebox with lights
  • Side storage in boot
  • Boot underfloor storage
  • Rear cup holders
  • Chrome surround on air conditioning buttons
  • Soft touch rear door trim
  • Soft-touch texture on upper dashboard
  • Leather like door trim, front door armrests, armrest, gear stick
  • Leather like texture on lower dashboard
  • Grey stitching on front and rear door armrests and seats
  • Black lower dashboard, front door armrests and gear shift surround
  • Black insert on steering wheel
  • Black stitching on steering wheel
  • Leather rear armrest
  • Piano black surround on multimedia display screen and gear-shift control
  • Power window switches with piano black inserts
  • Multi-function control panel in rear armrest
  • Black armrest on center console box
  • Armrest on front console box
  • Power tilt telescopic steering wheel
  • Driver and passenger seatback pockets
  • Rear door armrests
  • Memory function on steering wheel

  • Door courtesy light
  • Rear passenger personal lights
  • Ambient lighting in front cupholders
  • Driver and front passenger personal LED lights
  • LED boot light
  • Front footwell lights
  • Ambient lighting on dashboard, front and rear doors and interior door handles

  • Toyota safety sense pack - Mirai

  • Rear door child safety locks
  • Side airbags
  • Rear side airbags
  • Tyre pressure warning
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder
  • Passenger airbag on/off switch
  • ISOFIX child restraint system
  • Adjustable front driver and passenger seat belt extender
  • Front passenger airbag detector
  • Supplemental restraint system (SRS) 7 airbags - dual driver, dual side curtain, side impact and driver knee airbags
  • Pre-tensioners and force limiters

  • Manually adjustable lumbar support on driver seat
  • Adjustable rear headrests
  • Power tilting cushion on driver seat
  • Manually reclining front passenger seat
  • Driver and front passenger air ventilated seats
  • Power reclining driver seat
  • Power height adjustable driver seat
  • Ticket holder on driver sun visor
  • Memory function for driver seat
  • Electric front passenger seat
  • 3 rear headrests
  • Front headrests
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats
  • Power sliding driver and front passenger seat

  • Immobiliser
  • Remote central door locking
  • Intrusion sensor and alarm
  • Anti tamper alarm
  • Acoustic vehicle alert system (AVAS)
  • Speed detecting automatic door lock
  • Tilt detection sensors

  • Driver/passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Light on driver and front passenger sun visor

  • Wheel centre caps

  • 20" 20 spoke black alloy wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

  • Battery Capacity in kWh: 1.24
  • Battery Type: Lithium-ion

  • CO2 (g/km): 0
  • Standard Euro Emissions: N
  • Noise Level dB(A): N
  • CO: N
  • HC: N
  • NOx: N
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): N
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): N
  • CC: 1
  • Cylinders: N
  • Cylinder Layout: N
  • Number of Valves: N
  • Camshaft: N
  • Fuel Delivery: N
  • Catalytic Convertor: False
  • Engine Layout: N
  • Compression Ratio: N
  • Transmission: AUTO
  • Gears: 1 SPEED

  • WLTP - Hydrogen FC (kg/100km) - Comb: 0.89
  • WLTP - Hydrogen FC (kg/100km) - Comb - Max: 0.89
  • WLTP - Hydrogen FC (kg/100km) - Comb - Min: 0.89
  • WLTP - Hydrogen FC (kg/100km) - Extra High: 1.17
  • WLTP - Hydrogen FC (kg/100km) - Extra High - Max: 1.17
  • WLTP - Hydrogen FC (kg/100km) - Extra High - Min: 1.17
  • WLTP - Hydrogen FC (kg/100km) - High: 0.76
  • WLTP - Hydrogen FC (kg/100km) - High - Max: 0.76
  • WLTP - Hydrogen FC (kg/100km) - High - Min: 0.76
  • WLTP - Hydrogen FC (kg/100km) - Low: 0.74
  • WLTP - Hydrogen FC (kg/100km) - Low - Max: 0.74
  • WLTP - Hydrogen FC (kg/100km) - Low - Min: 0.74
  • WLTP - Hydrogen FC (kg/100km) - Medium: 0.7
  • WLTP - Hydrogen FC (kg/100km) - Medium - Max: 0.7
  • WLTP - Hydrogen FC (kg/100km) - Medium - Min: 0.7
  • WLTP - Hydrogen FC (miles/kg) - Comb: 69.8
  • WLTP - Hydrogen FC (miles/kg) - Comb - Max: 69.8
  • WLTP - Hydrogen FC (miles/kg) - Comb - Min: 69.8
  • WLTP - Hydrogen FC (miles/kg) - Extra High: 53.1
  • WLTP - Hydrogen FC (miles/kg) - Extra High - Max: 53.1
  • WLTP - Hydrogen FC (miles/kg) - Extra High - Min: 53.1
  • WLTP - Hydrogen FC (miles/kg) - High: 81.8
  • WLTP - Hydrogen FC (miles/kg) - High - Max: 81.8
  • WLTP - Hydrogen FC (miles/kg) - High - Min: 81.8
  • WLTP - Hydrogen FC (miles/kg) - Low: 84
  • WLTP - Hydrogen FC (miles/kg) - Low - Max: 84
  • WLTP - Hydrogen FC (miles/kg) - Low - Min: 84
  • WLTP - Hydrogen FC (miles/kg) - Medium: 88.8
  • WLTP - Hydrogen FC (miles/kg) - Medium - Max: 88.8
  • WLTP - Hydrogen FC (miles/kg) - Medium - Min: 88.8

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: N
  • EC Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): N
  • EC Combined (mpg): N

  • Coin Series: Design Premium Pack
  • Coin Description: Hydrogen fuel cell
  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 5
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 100000
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 34E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 174
  • Badge Engine CC: 0.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 30.6
  • Engine Power - BHP: 174
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9
  • Top Speed: 109
  • Engine Power - KW: 128
  • Engine Power - RPM: N
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 221
  • Engine Torque - NM: 300
  • Engine Torque - RPM: N

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Tyre Size Front: 245/45 R20
  • Wheel Style: 20 SPOKE
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Tyre Size Rear: 245/45 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY

  • Length: 4975
  • Width: 1885
  • Wheelbase: 2920
  • Height: 1480

  • No. of Seats: 4
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: N
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: N
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1930
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2415
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 142

  • Body coloured roof: Included
  • Bi-tone black roof: £0
  • Metallic paint: Included
  • Pearlescent paint: £0

  • Metallic - Dark blue: £0

  • Pearl - Precious black: £0
  • Pearl - Scarlet flare: £0
  • Pearl - Sterling silver: £0
  • Pearl - Frozen white: £0
  • Pearl - Precious metal: £0
  • Pearl - Force blue: £0

  • Semi aniline leather - Black: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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