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2007-11-01 08:30
Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Toyota
Model Matrix
Engine 1.8-litre, 2.4-litre, four-cylinder
Power 1.8-litre: 98kW @ 6000r/min. 2.4-litre: 118kW @ 60
Torque 1.8: 173Nm @ 4400r/min. 2.4: 220Nm @ 4000r/min.
Transmission Five-speed manual, four- or five-speed auto
ABS Yes with EBD
Toyota unveiled the second-generation Matrix at the 2007 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas.

The Toyota Matrix, a five-door hatchback which helped redefine the concept of a crossover utility vehicle, has been redesigned for the 2009 model year.

Development of the 2009 Matrix focused on greater exterior coupe-like styling with enhanced interior utility and improved dynamic performance. It was made wider with a lower stance than the current model while maintaining its interior space.

The result is a sporty, dynamic shape that contains room for five people to ride in comfort. As a result of significant changes to the Matrix's profile, the theme is flowing and dynamic.

Matrix will be available in three grades: Standard, S and the XRS. All-wheel drive (AWD) will be an option 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 which also gets a 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 moniker also denotes extra dynamic features such as P215/45 R18 tires on 18-inch alloy wheels, sport strut tower brace, and VSC with TRAC and an off switch for those particularly spirited driving moments.

Two engines are available, a 1.8- and 2.4-litre petrol, both inline four-cylinder configurations boasting fuel injection and VVT-i. The 1.8-litre produces 98kW at 6000r/min and 173Nm at 4400r/min whilst averaging 7-litres per 100km.

The larger capacity 2.4-litre has 118kW on tap at 6000r/min and 220Nm at 4000r/min and averages 9-litres per 100km.

Both engine variants are available with three transmission choices each, a five-speed manual, or either five- or four-speed automatic gearboxes.

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