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All-new 2009 Toyota Corolla Matrix
Hatchback, SUV and coupé ambitions
With more engine power and torque choices

2009 Toyota Corolla Matrix S: front-side view, driving shot.

Corolla Matrix will offer two engine choices: 1.8 or 2.4 litre.

APN,
8 November 2007.

With the approaching launch date of the new 2009 Corolla compact sedan in the United States, Toyota's  five-door Corolla Matrix - sold also by General Motors as the Pontiac Vive - will join its 4-door sibling to showrooms early next year.

Like the sedan version, the 2009 Corolla Matrix will offer two power choices: the 1.8- or 2.4-litre engines.

Before prices of the redesigned five-door Matrix hatchback are announced closer to launch date in February 2008, the manufacturer's suggested retail prices (June 2007, U.S.) for the current 2008 Corolla Matrix range from $15,510 to $17,820.

2009 Toyota Corolla Matrix
Preliminary U.S. Specifications

Body version 5-door hatchback
Segment Compact hatchback, C segment.

Main dimensions

MY2009

MY2008

Overall length

173.0 in.
4394 mm (S, XRS)
171.9 in.
4366 mm (Standard
and AWD S grade)

171.3 inches 
4351mm
Overall width

69.5 in.
1765 mm

69.9 inches 
1775mm
Wheelbase

102.4 in. 
2600mm

102.4 in. 
2600mm
Overall height

61.4 in.
1559 mm, XRS
and S AWD

61.0 in.
1549 mm, Standard and S grade

60.6 in. (16'' alloys)
1539mm

61.0 in. (17'' alloys)
1549mm

Ground clearance

- 5.3 in., 134mm, S and XRS grade

-5.8 in., 147.3mm
Standard grade.

-5.9 in. 149mm
with 16'' alloys

-6.2 in. 157mm
with 17'' alloys.

1.8 litre 2.4 litre
Fuel

Gasoline (petrol)

Cylinders / valves

4 cylinders, 16 valves

Cylinder head

Double overhead camshaft, DOHC

Maximum output

132hp / 6,000rpm

158hp / 6,000rpm

Maximum torque 

128 lb-ft,
173 Nm,
17.7 kg-m,
at 4,400 rpm

162 lb-ft,
219 Nm,
22.4 kg-m,
at 4,000rpm

Preliminary EPA
fuel economy, city

26 U.S. mpg*
31.2 UK mpg*
9.05 l/100 km*
11.05 km / litre*

21 U.S. mpg
25.2 UK mpg
11.2 l/100 km
8.93 km per litre

Preliminary EPA
fuel economy, highway

32 U.S. mpg*
38.41 UK mpg*
7.35 l/100 km*
13.66 km / litre*

29 U.S. mpg
34.8 UK mpg
8.11 l/100 km
12.33 km per litre

Transmission

5-speed manual or optional 4-speed automatic.

5-speed manual or optional 4- or 5-speed automatic.

* With the automatic transmission, the 1.8-litre engine should achieve an estimated EPA fuel economy ratings of 25 U.S. mpg (city) and 31 mpg (highway), the equivalent of 9.41 and 7.59 litres/100 km respectively, or 10.63 and 13.18 kms per litre, or of 30 and 37.2 UK mpg.
Source: Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A. / www.autopressnews.com

As it can be ordered with an all-wheel-drive (AWD) system instead of the regular front-wheel drive, Toyota describes its Corolla Matrix hatchback, now in its second generation in the U.S. market, as a "crossover utility vehicle".

"The Matrix concept was based on blending the functionality of an SUV, the style, image and performance of a sports car with the affordability of a subcompact sedan," says Tim Morrison, Toyota Division corporate marketing manager, before he adds: "It may have the body of a five-door hatch, but it comes with the soul of a two-door sports car."

In any case, Toyota says that the development of the second-generation Matrix focused on greater exterior coupe-like styling with enhanced interior utility and improved dynamic performance, adding that it was made wider with a lower stance than the current model while maintaining its interior space.

Changes to the Matrix’s profile brought a more flowing and dynamic line, expressing a low centre of gravity, and coupe-like style.

Matrix will be available in three grades: Standard, S and XRS. It will also continue to offer the option of all-wheel drive (AWD) with the S grade.

The S and XRS models integrate a front underbody spoiler with a large mesh fog lamp bezel and rear underbody spoiler. A rear deck spoiler will be standard for all XRS models.

2009 Toyota Corolla Matrix (S version): static, side view.

2009 Corolla Matrix: more coupé-like with a lower profile.

The Matrix interior is new. Seats have been redesigned to accommodate the vehicle’s new lower profile, and seat positions were consequently slightly lowered to maintain appropriate headroom. Cabin space remains equal to that of the previous Matrix.

The 2009 Matrix interior comes also with a new three-spoke steering wheel. XRS models come standard with a leather-trimmed steering wheel that also includes spoke-mounted audio controls and hands-free Bluetooth capability.

2009 Toyota Corolla Matrix XRS: back side, static view with rear deck spoiler.

A rear deck spoiler will be standard for all XRS models.

The driver and front passenger get new sports seats, with seat-mounted side airbags. A fold-down seatback table will be available for the front passenger’s seat on S and XRS versions. A movable and removable cup support element for the front centre console helps provide versatile storage area and convenience. The cup holder area can be used as a tray when the divider is removed.

A folding rear seat with a 60/40 split includes a middle-seat headrest for the fifth passenger.
Toyota says the new Matrix is equipped with a new, high-efficiency air-conditioning system with larger vents for directional accuracy and offers reduced power consumption and improved heating and cooling.

2009 Matrix XRS dashboard, with a new three-spoke steering wheel. XRS models come standard with a leather-trimmed steering wheel that also includes spoke-mounted audio controls and hands-free Bluetooth capability.

2009 Matrix XRS: leather steering wheel with audio controls.

The 2009 Matrix will also offer the two engine options of the 2009 Corolla sedan, with a five-speed manual transmission, and either four- or five-speed automatic transmissions.

The 1.8-litre, 16-valve, DOHC four-cylinder engine with Dual VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing with intelligence) on both the intake and exhaust camshafts, produces a maximum output of 132 horsepower at 6,000 rpm (126hp / 6000 rpm in the current 2008 Corolla 1.8) and 128 lb-ft (173 Nm) of torque at 4,400 rpm (122 lb-ft, 165 Nm / 4200rpm in the current 2008 Corolla 1.8).

The 1.8-litre engine comes with a standard five-speed manual transmission, or with an optional four-speed automatic Electronically Controlled Transmission (ECT).

2008 Matrix (1st generation) console.

2009 Toyota Corolla Matrix (2nd generation) XRS with navigation system and automatic gearbox.

Matrix console: 2008 (1st gen. left) and 2009 (2nd gen. right).

The 1.8-litre engine with the manual transmission should achieve an estimated EPA fuel economy ratings of 26 U.S. mpg (city) and 32 mpg (highway), the equivalent of 9.05 and 7.35 litres/100 km respectively, or 11.05 and 13.6 km per litre.

With the automatic transmission, the 1.8-litre engine should achieve an estimated EPA fuel economy ratings of 25 U.S. mpg (city) and 31 mpg (highway), the equivalent of 9.41 and 7.59 litres/100 km respectively, or 10.63 and 13.18 km per litre.

For additional power and torque, the Corolla Matrix adds now a second engine capacity option, the 16-valve DOHC 2.4-litre four-cylinder engine - known also within the Camry and RAV4 engine options - with VVT-i, producing in the Matrix application 158 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 162 lb-ft (219 Nm) of torque at 4,000 rpm.

The 2.4-litre engine will be paired with a standard five-speed manual transmission or an optional four- or five-speed automatic one.

Preliminary EPA fuel economy ratings of the 2.4-litre engine with the five-speed automatic transmission are estimated by Toyota at 21 U.S. mpg (city) and 29 mpg (highway), the equivalent of 11.2 and 8.11 litres/100 km respectively, or 8.93 and 12.33 km per litre.

2009 Corolla Matrix seats and boot / trunk.

2009 Matrix seats and boot / trunk.

The Matrix’s base wheels are 16-inch steel units with six-spoke full wheel covers. A 17-inch five-spoke aluminium wheel will be available for the S grade, and an 18-inch aluminium alloy wheel with a twin five-spoke design will be standard on the XRS grade.

All versions will have standard dual-stage SRS airbags for the driver and front passenger, front seat-mounted side airbags, two-row side curtain airbags and front active headrests.

2009 Toyota Corolla Matrix (2nd generation): front view.

2008 Toyota Corolla Matrix (1st generation): front view.

2009 Toyota Corolla Matrix (2nd generation): back view.

2008 Toyota Corolla Matrix (1st generation): back view.

2009 Corolla Matrix (left) compared to the 2008 one (right).

Brake performance will be improved with standard front and rear disc brakes on all Matrix grades (they were previously with rear brake drums). Anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) are also standard. Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) with TRAC and off switch will be standard on XRS and optional on all other versions.

Vehicle Stability Control automatically adjusts engine output and the vehicle’s braking force at each wheel when the vehicle experiences a loss of traction during cornering.

2009 Toyota Corolla Matrix (2nd generation): dashboard.

2008 Toyota Corolla Matrix (1st generation): dashboard.

Corolla Matrix dash: 1st (upper) and 2nd (lower) generations.

Base equipment on all Matrix models includes power colour-keyed outside rear view mirrors, power steering, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, daytime running lights, heavy duty rear window defogger, intermittent windshield wipers, 12-volt power outlet, four cup holders, auxiliary audio input jack, front centre console box and an engine immobiliser.

The S grade adds standard power door locks and windows with one-touch down driver-side, 115-volt power outlet, cruise control, intermittent rear window wiper, fold-flat front passenger seat, remote keyless entry, AM/FM/CD with MP3 capability and six speakers, front and rear underbody spoilers and fog lamps.

The XRS grade features standard P215/45 R18 tires on 18-inch alloy wheels, sport strut tower brace (its connects the vehicle body at the shock absorbers towers level to add stiffness and improve handling), VSC with TRAC and off switch, and a three-spoke leather-trimmed steering wheel with audio steering wheel controls.

The list of optional comfort and utility features will include - depending on versions - alloy wheels, power heated outside rear-view mirror, intermittent rear window wiper, cruise control, power door locks, power windows, remote keyless entry and an AM/FM/CD with six-speaker system, DVD navigation and XM NavTraffic capability.

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