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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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This autumn, Nissan celebrates the 40th Anniversary of its Maxima flagship sedan with a milestone-marking model. The 2021 Nissan Maxima 40th Anniversary Edition joins the company's stable and builds on the Maxima Platinum grade.

The Maxima is the longest continuous running Nissan nameplate in the U.S. It made its debut on American shores in 1981 as the 1982 Datsun Maxima, replacing the Datsun 810. The original Maxima had the engine of the 240Z and a 5-speed manual transmission.

2021 Nissan Maxima 40th Anniversary Edition

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The Datsun brand's presence in North America was phased out just a few years later and for the 1985 model year, the Nissan Maxima emerged also sporting a new V6 engine and front-wheel drive. The 1988 model was the last to be offered in a wagon body style.

The third-generation Maxima was launched in 1989 with a 3.0-liter V6 that achieved 160 horsepower helping it keep up with the German cars of its time. By 1995 the model got larger and had a new engine, which resulted in a power boost.

Nissan's large car is now in its eighth generation. It debuted in 2016 sporting Nissan's fashionable V-motion grilled and a more aggressive design complete with a floating roof. The car received styling and safety updates for the 2020 model year.

A new Maxima 40th Anniversary Edition includes a unique two-tone Ruby Slate Gray Pearl exterior paint job with black roof, exclusive 19-inch gloss black aluminum-alloy wheels, black exterior finishers and trim badges, a 40th Anniversary badge, black exhaust finishers, red semi-aniline leather-appointed seating with 40th Anniversary embossing, red contrast interior stitching, Satin Dark Chrome interior faceted finishers, white speedometer and tachometer faces reminiscent of past Maxima models, and heated rear seats.

In addition to the 40th Anniversary Edition, the 2021 Maxima will be offered in SV, SR and Platinum grade levels. Every Maxima has a 3.5-liter V6 engine under the hood that is capable of achieving 300 horsepower. The engine is paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT).

Pricing and on-sale information will be revealed soon. The 2021 Nissan Maxima will arrive at dealership lots this autumn.

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The 2021 Cadillac CT4 and CT5 gain available Super Cruise hands-free driving technology.

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Cadillac's two remaining sedans are getting high-tech upgrades for the 2021 model year and a special edition. The 2021 Cadillac CT4 and 2021 Cadillac CT5 will arrive on dealership lots later this year.

Buyers can opt to upgrade to a high-defiintion 12-inch instrument cluster that sits In front of the driver of each vehicle. The digital display is customizable to include a Tour and Sport theme. CT4-V and CT5-V models also get a Track and dark, minimalist Stealth mode.

2021 Cadillac CT4 and CT5 A new fully digital instrument cluster is available.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

Wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto technology have been added to the model, as well as SiriusXM with 360L, the next-generation radio system by SiriusXM that provides access to over 200 live SiriusXM channels plus on-demand programming. A rotary infotainment system knob can be added to the center console for easier system navigation.

CT4 and CT5 Premium Luxury and V-Series trims models General Motors' hands-free driving technology, Super Cruise, is available. It will include lane change on demand functionality when it becomes available in early 2021.

Cadillac is adding new standard Buckle to Drive safety technology to the car. If the driver's seat belt is not buckled when the car starts and Buckle to Drive is turned on, this feature will prevent the shifter from leaving Park for up to 20 seconds, or until the driver's seat belt is buckled, whichever comes first. The setting can be turned off in the infotainment system display.

On the Cadillac CT4 Luxury trim, Forward Collision Alert, Front Pedestrian Braking, Automatic Emergency Braking, and Safety Alert Seat are now standard.

2021 Cadillac CT4 and CT5 Cadillac will offer the CT4 and CT5 Diamond Sky special edition with a unique Diamond Metallic exterior color.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

In early 2021, the CT4 and CT5 will be available in a Diamond Sky special edition. Built off the Premium Luxury trim level, the special edition delivers unique exterior and interior components including a new Diamond Metallic exterior color, unique grille with bright accents and surrounds, Diamond Sky Metallic rocker extensions, Diamond Sky Metallic rear lower air diffuser, alloy wheels with Diamond Cut/Midnight Silver finish, all-season run-flat tires, Brembo V Performance front brakes with blue brake calipers, and neutral density transparent lens taillamps with crystalline inners. Larger alloy wheels with Polished/Dark Android Gloss finish are available.

In the cabin, the special edition car comes standard with Sky Cool Gray/Jet Black leather seating surface interior with exclusive Diamond Fall custom seat insert perforation, exclusive interior trim (Centaurus Finish Aluminum on CT4 and Galaxy Finish Wood on CT5), alloy driver pedals, a Diamond Sky Metallic accented key fob with color Cadillac crest logo.

2021 Cadillac CT4 and CT5 The Diamond Metallic models offer upgraded appointments.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

The 2021 CT4-V and CT5-V get upgraded Modena leather on the performance steering wheel, along with a standard leather-wrapped horn pad. In addition, the front brake calipers are now V Performance branded with the V-Series logo. On the CT4-V, the center console trim has been updated from aluminum to carbon fiber.

Select V-Series content is now available on the Sport trim of each vehicle as well. The CT5 Sport trim now offers an available V Performance package, which includes an upgraded performance suspension, Magnetic Ride Control, and mechanical limited-slip differential. Brembo V Performance front brakes are also available on the Sport trim for both CT4 and CT5, with a choice of red or blue calipers.

Cadillac has expanded its paint color roster one both models. Infrared Tintcoat and Rift Metallic (V-Series only) replace Red Obsession Tintcoat and Royal Spice Metallic. Infrared Tintcoat is a new cherry red color and Rift Metallic is an alabaster white-based color with a greige hue.

Pricing will be announced closer to the models' on-sale date.

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