2016 Toyota Mirai Specifications, Price and Review

The 2016 Toyota Mirai made it first debut at the last Los Angeles Auto Show. Toyota has put all of its attention and resources to make this FCV (Fuel Cell Vehicle) comes true. The Mirai means future in Japanese, Toyota believes that eco-friendly vehicles such as the Mirai will be the future of automotive industry. According to some source, Toyota planned to produce it in small numbers and will be available for global market.

2016 Toyota Mirai in Front of Building

Exterior

To put it politely, the styling of the Mirai is polarizing. Asked about its genesis, North American Toyota executives said only that they had not had any input into the design. Others found it unappealing, with a number commenting on what was perceived as a cacophony of shapes, accents, curves, swoops, and angles.

The best view to our eyes is looking down on the hood when centered in front of the car. The Mirai’s side profile is best viewed in a light color, where the clash between the exaggerated accent lines and the relatively small 16-inch wheels is less apparent. The rear-end styling is rather less successful; it clearly has an aerodynamic purpose, but the various shapes look like nothing else, short of some of the darker corners of auto shows containing the most extreme concept cars.

2016 Toyota Mirai Side View

Interior

The Toyota Mirai’s profile connects the front and rear in a seamlessly pleasant expression of space. It creates a sophisticated cabin space with soft padding on door trims and other interior surfaces, and a high-luminance silver finish throughout. The front seats provide superior body fit and hold through an integrated cover/seat foaming production process. Eight-way adjustable power seats for achieving the optimal seat position and a motorized lumbar support function are installed as standard on the driver’s and passenger’s seats.

The center meter cluster located in the central top level of the instrument panel includes a speedometer and multi-information display using a 4.2-inch high-definition TFT liquid crystal display with a design that appears to pop out. The driver is able to change the display using steering-wheel-mounted controls. Seat heater switches and other controls are operated via an electrostatic air conditioning control panel by lightly touching the flat panel display.

Functions that provide a comfortable interior space come as standard, such as a steering wheel heater and seat heaters (two temperature settings on all seats) that provide instant heat while greatly reducing power consumption, fully automatic left and right independent temperature control air conditioning with eco mode switches, and “Nanoe” air purification technology to fill the cabin with fresh air. Three interior colors are available, including Warm White.

2016 Toyota Mirai Interior Design

Powertrain

So why hydrogen? In simple terms, it’s a clean, sustainable, and efficient technology. In the Mirai, you pull up to the pump and refuel with a nozzle just like you’re used to in a conventional vehicle. The compressed, gaseous hydrogen fills two carbon fiber-wrapped resin composite tanks under the rear seats in about five minutes, mingles with oxygen (sucked in by the car’s air intake), and through the miracle of chemistry, you have energy.

That energy powers the electric motor under the hood, and the waste product, H2O, dribbles out underneath the car. For those who are worried (or excited) about spraying the motorists around you, fret not: the Mirai produces only about half a bottle of water over its 300-mile range.

The Toyota’s electric motor produces 153 horsepower, which propels the car to 60 mph in around 9.0 seconds. The powertrain’s instant torque makes it feel a fair bit quicker than that though, and the placement of the hydrogen equipment gives the car a low center of gravity and sporty feel.

2016 Toyota Mirai Rear View

2016 Toyota Mirai Release Date and Price

The 2016 Toyota Mirai made its first debut at the last Los Angeles Auto Show. Sales will start in California in fall 2015. Base pricing is estimated to start from $57,500, but with federal and states incentives, the final price could drop as low as $45,000. The future of eco-friendly vehicle has come, are you one of those who will own the Mirai?

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