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Redesigned 2021 Toyota Mirai gets new sleek styling, 30% more range

The Toyota Mirai has been redesigned for the 2021 model year.

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The 2021 Toyota Mirai is more than just a unique hydrogen-powered sedan. It's evolved to become a thoroughly modern vehicle with a luxury level interior and extended range, complete with an exterior that seamlessly blends in with the rest of the Toyota lineup.

Built on a rear-wheel drive platform, the 2021 Toyota Mirai is the first model year in the second-generation of the hydrogen-powered sedan's lifespan. Toyota is promising that the new model will deliver a "more powerful, engaging, and even quieter driving experience."

2021 Toyota Mirai front face grille The Toyota Mirai has been completely redesigned to be flashier and have a larger range.Photo courtesy of Toyota

The Japanese automaker is boasting about a targeted 30 percent range increase in the new model. The range of the 2020 Toyota Mirai is 312 miles. The increase would put the 2021 model's range around 400 miles.

While the Mirai uses an electric motor to move the Mirai's wheels, the motor is powered by electricity generated when hydrogen is combined with oxygen. This is different than a typical hybrid vehicle powertrain which uses a combination of gasoline and electricity to power a vehicle's wheels. Only water is released by the tailpipe of a hydrogen-powered car, as opposed to the emissions of a typical internal combustion engine car.

2021 Toyota Mirai side wheels The 2021 Mirai has an elongated nose, similar to the design of the Lexus LC.Photo courtesy of Toyota

Unlike a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) or a battery electric vehicle (BEV), the Mirai does not need to be plugged in to get power. Its hydrogen tanks, which are extremely difficult to permeate, are filled up at a fuel pump in a similar fashion to a typical gas station.

The car is being first show wearing available 20-inch alloy wheels and a brand new blue paint job that has never before been featured on a Toyota vehicle.

2021 Toyota Mirai interior The interior of the Mirai is plush and full of luxury level appointments.Photo courtesy of Toyota

Inside, the cabin of the Mirai is modern and plush but fits in line with the current visual aesthetics and material appointments of Toyota and Lexus vehicles. It comes standard with an 8-inch digital combination meter and available digital rearview mirror. A 12.3-inch infotainment touch touch screen is standard, as are a 14-speaker JBL sound system and navigation.

Toyota is boasting that the platform change yields more passenger space than in the previous generation Mirai.

2021 Toyota Mirai interior center console The platform change for the Mirai means that there's more passenger space.Photo courtesy of Toyota.

Pricing for the 2021 Mirai has yet to be announced. The 2019 model starts at $58,500. According to Toyota, currently about 95 percent of Mirais are leased and current lease prices for a Mirai have it priced around $350 per month with just $2,499 due at signing.

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New hot hatch

Toyota teases GR Corolla hatchback

The Instagram teaser contains many hints at the new GR Corolla.

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Toyota isn't always top of mind when it comes to performance cars, but the Japanese giant has a few tricks up its sleeve. There's the Supra, which the automaker partnered with BMW to produce and there's also the not-for-the-U.S. GR Yaris. The hotted-up hatchback features tremendous power and a four-wheel drive system, but buyers here can only watch jealously as our friends in Europe and elsewhere get all the fun. That's about to change for U.S. buyers, however, as Toyota has begun teasing the GR Corolla hatchback, which we will get.

The automaker posted a cryptic image to Instagram a month ago, but it's still making the rounds on the internet today, with users of the GR Corolla Forum still discussing the post today. The teaser, which is of the Corolla's interior, features hints as to what we might see when the car debuts. The navigation screen shows GR Four road, which points to the car's four-wheel drive system, while a G:16 on the clock in the gauge cluster represents the G16E-GTS engine that the car is expected to get. The GR Yaris also sports that engine, where it produces 268 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque.

Toyota GR Corolla GR, or Gazoo Racing, is Toyota's motorsport armToyota Europe

The GR Corolla should break cover next year, but we don't yet know if it will be a 2022 or 2023 model. As far as pricing goes, Toyota may pull out some surprises, but the car will likely be far more expensive than an everyday Corolla. The smaller GR Yaris is priced starting at nearly $40,000 in Europe, so the Corolla's price tag should be around or slightly above that number.

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The CX-50 features body cladding and rugged styling.

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Mazda's got a busy 2021 and 2022 as it gears up to release several new vehicles. The first is almost here, and today the automaker shared preliminary details. The CX-50 is an all-new SUV that shares a platform with the Mazda 3 and CX-30.

2023 Mazda CX-50 Production begins in January 2022. Mazda

At first, the CX-50 will be offered with Mazda's 2.5-liter four-cylinder engines, one of which is turbocharged, but electrified powertrain options will join the lineup down the road, including a traditional hybrid. Both gas engines come with a six-speed automatic transmission and standard all-wheel drive. A new drive mode select system is also standard that allows the driver to change the CX-50's behavior to match road and driving conditions such as towing and off-roading.

2023 Mazda CX-50 A new drive mode selection feature allows the driver to change vehicle behavior. Mazda

The new SUV's styling is a departure from the norm for Mazda, whose typical designs are sleek and elegant but far from rugged. That changes with the CX-50. Mazda installed beefy fender flares, body cladding, and a chunky front bumper that make the SUV look ready for the trail. New colors debut with the CX-50 as well, including Zircon Sand for the exterior and a terracotta upholstery option for the interior. The SUV will be the first Mazda to be offered with a panoramic sunroof.

2023 Mazda CX-50 New color schemes are available for both the interior and exterior. Mazda

We don't have full pricing or options details yet, but Mazda says that the CX-50 will be built at the facility in Huntsville, Alabama that it shares with Toyota. Production is scheduled for January 2022.

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