One of the unexpected stars of this year’s LA Auto Show is the second-generation Toyota Mirai fuel cell electric vehicle (FCEV). Due to go on sale in late-2020, it’s based on Toyota’s premium RWD platform and debuts a dramatic, coupe-inspired design with improved passenger room and comfort and a quieter cabin.
Toyota claims that the clean and modern interior layout is infused with a hint of futurism without appearing off-putting, in order to attract drivers of conventional luxury models. The flowing lines of the dash neatly integrate a higher level of user tech in the new Mirai, including a standard 8in digital combination meter and available digital rearview mirror that displays images from a rear camera. The standard Toyota Premium Multimedia system, which uses a 12.3in, high-resolution TFT touchscreen, includes navigation and a 14-speaker JBL sound system.
The company adds that the change in design inside and out will be matched by a new driving experience from Mirai with a targeted 30% increase in range to be achieved by an improvement in fuel-cell system performance and increased hydrogen storage capacity.