Having only water emissions and running exclusively on hydrogen, the new 2016 Toyota Mirai Fuel Cell is the future of motoring. It is the first fuel cell vehicle to be put on sale, as well as on lease. This is unlike the Hyundai Tucson FCEV and the Honda FCX Clarity which, through and after their lease period, are still corporate property. Toyota has invested 5680 patents and 23 years into the development of this technological step forward. Word on the street is that the technology of fuel-cell vehicles is always 5 years away. This expired at the end of 2015 with the introduction of 200 2016 Mirai sedans in California.
Interior and Exterior Futuristic Designs
The interior of the Japanese carmaker, Toyota Mirai is one to be reckoned with. It has the seating capacity of four people with full carpet floor covering and cargo space lights. The car is equipped with front automatic dual zone air conditioning. Its trim interior includes metal-look interior accents, simulated carbon fiber door and panel insert and piano black console insert. It has distance remote releases which include power fuel and mechanical hatch/ trunk. This car impresses with its safety connect tracker system for improved security and smart device integration for easy synchronization with phones. Its occupants can stay connected thanks to the Entune internet service. Entune has also serviced the car with a radio system with 11 speakers, music streaming, Bluetooth hands-free and 7” HiRes touch screen. There are three LCD monitors at the front. For safety, the Japanese car has a back-up camera, child safety locks, side impact beams, an airbag occupancy sensor, lane departure warning and many other features.
The sedan’s exterior is just as remarkable. It has 17” aluminum wheels. Its steel panels are fully galvanized and the intermittent wipers are designed to detect rain. The front and rear bumper, door handles and side mirrors are body colored. The car’s brake lights are LED and its mirrors heated. The glasses are lightly tinted and laminated, maintaining the privacy of its occupants. The rear window is fixed and has a defroster. The car, made by Japan-based Company Toyota, also has a black grille and is painted with a clear coat.
The new 2016 Mirai’s fuel has a capacity of 32.3 gallons and a double-wishbone rear suspension that also has coil springs. Its battery has run-down protection. It has front, as well as rear anti-roll bars and one stainless steel exhaust. It has a 4-wheel type of brake ABS system and a 109.4” wheelbase. Its steering is Rack-Pinion.
The 2016 Toyota Mirai was revealed at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. The car was introduced into the California market in late 2015. Its base price is $58,335 U.S. Dollars.
With the new 2016 Mirai, Toyota was trying to replicate the magic of the Toyota Prius. Both Prius and Mirai mean ‘to go before’, in Latin and Japanese, respectively. The Mirai operates on hydrogen only and emits drinkable water. Driving the vehicle costs one about $0.25 per mile. This cost is four times the cost incurred while driving a Toyota Camry hybrid. The 2016 Toyota Mirai is the first of its kind to be offered for sale and on a lease.