It looks like the 2019 Toyota Mirai will be the last year model of the current generations. Latest reports suggest that the company works on a next-generation model, which is about to come in the next year, to be ready for 2020 Tokyo Olimpic Games. Therefore, we don’t count on any change, which was pretty much expected even before we knew that the new version is coming.
Toyota works on fuel-cell technology for more than 25 years and we have seen a great improvement for all this time. The Mirai is one of the first vehicles to enter serial production, which is still very limited. Still, the problem isn’t with the car but with the infrastructure. There aren’t many fuel cell stations around and that is the main reason why North American version, for example, is available in California only.
2019 Toyota Mirai Changes
In term of base design characteristics, this is one of the first fuel cell cars in serial production. Many see this car as a lab on wheels, which isn’t far away from the truth, especially if we consider that the world definitely is not ready for such vehicles. The number of hydrogen stations is way too small for any convenience. Still, that won’t discourage Toyota and other enthusiast companies, because this is definitely a future of the automotive industry.
The 2019 Toyota Mirai will continue without bigger changes. It is a mid-size car, we would say a decent family car. The fact that this is a fuel-cell car on purpose means that you can count on a pretty high level of practicality. This model is spacious and also features a relatively common car look. From the side, you will easily recognize Toyota’s newest design language. A lot of similarities can be found with the new-generation Prius, as well as with other, internal-combustion vehicles from the lineup. Still, you can also notice a fine amount of exclusive details, which serve to accentuate the car’s unconventional character.
Such a design approach is way more noticeable at back, where you can see a very overdesigned rear end. This first thing you’ll notice are oversized taillights, which also feature quite an uncommon shape, compared to other Toyota models. Also, you will notice too many muscles around rear wheels, which definitely don’t provide any good thing, just make this car look less athletic.
2019 Toyota Mirai Interior
On the inside, this car looks completely in accordance with its nature. You will easily notice lots of futuristic elements, not just in terms of lots of digital controls, but in terms of quite uncommon lines and shapes on the dashboard. Of course, it’s not hard to presume that there are lots of digital screens. The instrument cluster is, naturally, mounted on the center stack, right above the large touchscreen. The third screen is smaller and it seems down below and works for climate and few more controls. Interestingly, the company kept many controls physical, which makes a very good-looking combination, especially at the center console.
When it comes to seats, this is a mid-size car, so you can count on plenty of legroom. However, it can accommodate four people only. The other practicality issue is the rear bench, which can’t fold down. Due to a large hydrogen tang, the cargo area is quite limited.
2019 Toyota Mirai Features
One of the most interesting things about this car is that there are no things like trim levels or optional features. Every single model comes with the same list of standard equipment. Of course, the 2019 Toyota Mirai will continue in the same way. In practice, this definitely isn’t that bad, because that list of standard equipment is quite long. You can count on things like keyless ignition and entry, power-adjustable seats, navigation, premium audio system, heated seats, and steering wheel etc. There are also several advanced safety systems and driver aids, like adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, parking sensors etc.
2019 Toyota Mirai Performance
This car needs around 9 seconds to reach 60 mpg. It may not sound very impressive, but keep in mind that this is a two-ton vehicle with only 150 horsepower. If you’re not familiar with how fuel-cell vehicles work, here is a short explanation. Basically, there is a 150-hp fuel-cell stack, which combines oxygen from the aid and hydrogen from two tanks, making electricity. This electricity powers the electric motor that moves front wheels. Also, there is a 1.6-kilowatt-hour nickel-metal-hydride booster which turns on when you press the pedal harder. This model features a fuel economy that goes around 66 mpg-e, while the max range goes around 315 miles.
2019 Toyota Mirai Release Date and Price
The 2019 Toyota Mirai will come soon, in a couple of weeks. As we mentioned, this car comes in a single version, so all models cost the same. The price should remain pretty much the same as for the current model, which costs around 58.000 dollars.