Toyota will this year introduce an innovative new model to UK roads in the shape of its hydrogen-powered Mirai. Previously known as the FCV, the Mirai is a five-door four-seat hatchback that releases only water vapour from the powertrain to make it an ultra-clean alternative to traditional combustion-powered cars. Sales begin during the summer, and you can order your own at Johnsons Toyota shortly. We introduce the vehicle's key features below.
Taking clean motoring in a new direction
Just as Toyota pioneered the mainstream adoption of electric vehicles with the Prius, it is hoping the Mirai will do the same for hydrogen drive systems. Two decades of research have culminated in the finished powertrain which features two high-pressure hydrogen tanks that give energy to a fuel cell which powers an electric motor. The front wheels are driven by the motor which produces 155hp for a powerful response when you accelerate.
Convenience hasn't been sacrificed for cleanliness with the Mirai and its quick charge time is sure to make it a real alternative to petrol and diesel models. The hydrogen tanks can be refuelled in just three minutes and they give the car a range of up to 300 miles.
A generous specification
Toyota will release full specification details closer to the vehicle's launch but it is widely reported to arrive with a generous amount of kit. Premium features including a rear parking camera, satellite navigation and artificial leather upholstery are expected alongside climate control and LED headlights. For safety Toyota is likely to fit its pre-crash system, lane departure warning, lane change assist and adaptive cruise control.
The vehicle's design makes it instantly clear that this is no ordinary model but isn't so outrageous that it puts buyers off. Its aerodynamic shape shares some similarities with the Prius, particularly the roofline and tailgate. The panels above the rear wheels bulge out to create a muscular appearance while slim headlamps contrast with large vents across the front bumper. On the inside the digital instrument panel positioned at the back and centre of the dash is another borrowing from the Prius, and it's joined by two colour displays on the centre stack.
Demand for the Mirai has been high which prompted Toyota to announce an increase in production from around 700 this year to approximately 3,000 in 2017. Enquire with our team in Liverpool, Southport or the Wirral to find out more about the model.