2023 Author: Charles Youmans | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-20 18:41
The previous generation Toyota Mirai was powered by groundbreaking hydrogen fuel cell technology, but its Prius-like styling put off many buyers. However, the model of the current, already second generation, looks just fine. In addition, Mirai is equipped with an improved system of the same hydrogen fuel cells. This car is based on the rear-wheel drive TNGA-L platform, which also powers the Lexus LS and LC. And if the Toyota badge on the Mirai had been changed to Lexus, no one would have even noticed the difference. And, perhaps, this may happen soon.
On one of the foreign Internet portals, information appeared with a detailed description of future plans for the release of Lexus products. It, among other things, mentions a certain car, which will be based on the current generation Toyota Mirai. It will also receive a hydrogen fuel cell power system, and in the lineup will have to replace the discontinued Lexus GS. Recall that the company stopped production of the sedan last year, after almost 30 years of presence on the market.
It is worth noting that after the GS left "for rest", Lexus practically did not have a model that could compete with the BMW 5-Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Of course, the Japanese brand's lineup includes the ES, which offers similar luxury and body dimensions, but in terms of dynamics it is inferior to the “Germans” due to its front-wheel drive platform, which it shares with the Toyota Avalon.
If Lexus does come out with a Mirai-based car, the key is that it offers more power than Toyota's. As a reminder, it generates just 179 hp. and 300 N * m of torque. This power is enough for him to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h in 9, 2 seconds. Fans of the brand can only hope that Lexus will add more powerful electric motors to its model, which will contribute to the GS's improved acceleration.