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2022 Toyota Mirai gets Teammate semi-autonomous system

The 2022 Toyota Mirai will be the first vehicle to get Teammate, a semi-autonomous driver assistance suite that allows for some degree of hands-free driving on specific stretches of highway. First shown on the Japanese-market Lexus LS 500h AWD, this marks the first time the system will be offered in the United States.

According to Toyota, Teammate’s Advanced Drive component is defined by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) as a level 2 system. That means the driver needs to pay attention and be ready to take over driving duties when needed. Even with hands-free driving enabled, they must pay attention to the road ahead. Advanced Drive uses a combination of adaptive cruise control lane centering, steering assist, and traffic jam assist to perform to keep you within your lane, follow other vehicles, and navigate interchanges. It also features automatic lane changing and overtaking slower vehicles, helping reduce fatigue over long periods of driving.

Teammate’s second component is Advanced Park, which performs automatic parking maneuvers. The system controls steering, acceleration, braking, and gear changes (where applicable) when parallel parking or backing into a parking space. It uses 360-degree sensing via an array of cameras and sensors to fit the vehicle into a spot. A surround-view camera system allows the driver to keep the track of how the system is moving the vehicle and check its position.

The Teammate system will be available only on the Limited trim of the 2022 Mirai, which starts at $68,145. It’s an optional package that costs $5,170 and includes a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster, a 120-volt/100-watt power outlet, dual-bulb LED headlights, the Advanced Drive system with a 10-year subscription to the Safety Connect telematics feature, a two-year extension of the Remote Connect trial period, and destination assist.

Base XLE models won’t be offered with the feature but will cost less at $51,935. The only available option is the Advanced Technology package, which is $1,410 extra, and adds a surround-view camera, front parking sensors, and a front automatic emergency braking system that works at parking lot speeds. There are four extra cost exterior colors; Oxygen White, Heavy Metal, and Supersonic Red are available on both trims for $425. Hydro Blue costs the same as the other three but is only available on the Limited trim. Getting the Teammate package also means you can’t get the available 20-inch alloy wheels, which cost $1,120. Every Mirai also comes with $15,000 of complimentary hydrogen.

The second-generation Mirai is a rear-drive hydrogen fuel cell vehicle underpinned by the same TNGA-L architecture as the Lexus LS but with a shorter wheelbase. It is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell stack mounted under the hood backed by an electric motor on the rear axle and a 1.24-kWh lithium-ion battery acting as a buffer. The electric motor makes 182 hp and 221 lb-ft of torque. Its hydrogen fuel tanks are located under the cargo floor, below the rear seats, and in the area where the drive shaft would be in vehicles with mechanical AWD systems.

The 2022 Toyota Mirai is good for at least 357 miles with a full tank on the Limited trim according to the EPA. For maximum range, you have to get the XLE trim, which is rated at 402 miles. However, that means forgoing the Teammate package and the Advanced Park system found on the Limited variant.

Written by Stefan Ogbac
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