Toyota car maker has unveiled a new small city car series at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show on this week, it’s named 2011 Toyota Matrix. We see on the styling differences between the 2010- and 2011-MY versions of the Matrix, the revisions are barely noticeable. The 2011 Toyota Matrix is the station wagon interpretation of the Toyota Corolla sedan with the additional All Wheel Drive feature. It also has the additional safety feature of the electronic brake override system which is standard in all 2011 Toyota models.
The 2011 Toyota Matrix has comes with sporty five-door deftly combines a fun-to-drive spirit with the utility of a small SUV and excellent fuel economy. In 2011, the Toyota Matrix will feature new standard wheels, interior design features, the Toyota Care complimentary maintenance plan, and standard Smart Stop Technology.
For the exterior, the new 2011 toyota Matrix received some minor modifications such as the grille, tail lamps and a new wheel design. The subtle refresh is limited at exterior finish to all-new front and rear bumpers with integrated front and rear underbody spoilers and a large mesh front fog lamp bezel. The newly designed 16-inch steel wheels and 17-inch, five-spoke alloy rims plus the introduction of a new Spruce Mica color round off the changes.
The base model of the 2011 Matrix will be called the Matrix Standard and it will have a 1.8-liter engine with a 132 horsepower output and 128 pound-feet of torque. The higher level Matrix S and Matrix XRS models will have either a 2.4-liter engine with 158 horsepower output or a 2.5-liter engine with 169 horsepower output.The 2011 model of the Matrix will have a four-speed for the basic 1.8-liter engine while the higher models will have a standard 5-speed manual transmission. All models will have front-wheel drive although the AWD feature is available as an upgrade for the Matrix S model.
The 2011 Matrix continues to feature Toyota Star Safety System™ as standard equipment, which includes Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRAC), an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist. It also includes standard Smart Stop Technology brake-override system.
The interior of the matrix has modern features such as connectivity options for Bluetooth phone and an iPod. Phone linking via Bluetooth with a modern navigation system allows real-time traffic updates. This modern feature is available as an add-on in some Matrix models. The new Matrix will continue to have a JBL sound system, leather-covered steering wheel with built-in controls for the audio system, satellite radio and a remote keyless entry. Additional standard safety features include 4-wheel anti-lock disc brakes and curtain side airbags for head protection.