The sporty five-door models feature new standard wheels, interior design features, the Toyota Care complimentary maintenance plan, and standard Smart Stop Technology. The same 1.8-liter and 2.4-liter powerplants remain in place under the hood, as does the old four-speed automatic transmission.
The exterior of the car sports supple changes, including rounded rear windows and, in the case of the Matrix S, all-new front and rear bumpers, integrated front and rear underbody spoilers and a large mesh front fog light bezel. The color range includes a new Spruce Mica color, joining the car’s existing palate.
2011 models are only available in two trim levels, base and S, and are powered by either a 132-horsepower 1.8-liter or 158-horsepower 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. All-wheel drive is available on the car as an optional extra for the the Matrix S when paired with the 2.4-liter engine.
Standard equipment on the Matrix grade includes an all-weather package, power windows with driver's side auto down and retained power features, power door locks, cruise control, color-keyed power heated rearview mirrors, tilt and telescopic steering wheel, heavy duty rear window defogger, AM/FM/CD audio with four speakers with MP3/WMA playback capability, auxiliary audio jack and auto sound leveling (ASL), intermittent rear window wiper, 12-volt power outlet, front center-console box and an engine immobilizer.
The Matrix S trim level adds metallic interior trim, a 115-volt power outlet, integrated fog lamps, fold-flat front passenger seat, remote keyless entry, AM/FM/CD with MP3 capability and six speakers with MP3/WMA playback capability.
Pricing information has not yet been released, but we can expect the the base model to start at about $17,000.