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Toyota unveils rear-drive FCEV Mirai, plug-in RAV4

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  • 19AUTP11_15
Published 2019-11-01by SAE International in United States
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As part of an electrified stable primed for the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show (LAAS), Toyota will display its all-new Mirai fuel-cell electric vehicle (FCEV) and the upcoming plug-in hybrid version of its RAV4 compact SUV. The two 2021 models will further pad the Japanese company's already market-leading six hybrid offerings (12 if the premium Lexus brand is included). On top of previously announced plans for a “major battery electric vehicle (BEV) rollout,” Toyota also announced an extension of its hybrid battery warranties.

The second-gen Mirai FCEV - unveiled as a “concept” at a recent media event but appearing in near-production form - will debut as a sleek, rear-wheel-drive (RWD), 4-door, 5-passenger sedan. Toyota says it's targeting a 30% increase in driving range compared to the first-gen Mirai, with the additional range achieved via an improved (and quieter) fuel-cell stack and increased hydrogen storage capacity. The current front-wheel drive (FWD), 4-pasenger Mirai launched in 2015, has an EPA-estimated driving range of 312 miles (502 km) and stores 122.4 L (32 gal) of hydrogen in two tanks.