With the Chicago Auto Show set to start in just a few hours, makers have already started to reveal details on their models on display at the show. And Toyota seems to be the first one. The company has just release details on the 2011 Matrix, a model that comes with new standard wheels, interior design features, the Toyota Care complimentary maintenance plan, and standard Smart Stop Technology.

For 2011 the new Matrix gets all-new front and rear bumpers, front and rear underbody spoilers and a large mesh front fog lamp bezel. The interior gets an Optitron instrument-panel gauge, new seat fabrics and improved center console.

For 2011, Matrix will be offered in two grades: base Matrix and the sporty S grade, one powered by a 1.8-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine and the other one by a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine. The two engines will be mated to either a a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission (ECT).

Hit the jump to read more about the 2011 Toyota Matrix.

  • 2011 Toyota Matrix
  • Year:
    2011
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    four-cylinder
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    158@6000
  • Torque @ RPM:
    162@4000
  • Displacement:
    2,4 L
  • body style:

The exterior

2011 Toyota Matrix High Resolution Exterior
- image 391788

The 2011 Matrix features sport-coupe-inspired styling cues with a sporty, dynamic shape. The Matrix has rounded rear windows and continuous character lines that run from the front grille to the A-pillar. The S version gets an all-new front and rear bumpers, integrates front and rear underbody spoilers and a large mesh front fog lamp bezel.

Also, the S version receives a S Sport Package with 17-inch alloy wheels, front and rear underbody spoilers, color keyed rear spoiler and a unique S badge.

Customers will have to choose from a long list of exterior colors, including Spruce Mica, Super White, Classic Silver Metallic, Magnetic Gray Metallic, Black Sand Mica, Radiant Red, and Nautical Blue Metallic.

The interior

2011 Toyota Matrix High Resolution Interior
- image 391762

On the interior Toyota focused on a driver-oriented instrument panel and console controls. There is a large round speedometer mounted in the center, with a tachometer to the left and red needles that now feature a new white line; a LCD display that combines an outside temp indicator and odometer/trip meter.

The car will also get new seat fabrics offered in a choice of two colors scheme dark charcoal or a combination of dark charcoal and ash gray. Matrix S gets a newly designed leather-trimmed steering wheel with spoke-mounted audio controls and hands-free Bluetooth capability.

The engine

2011 Toyota Matrix High Resolution Drivetrain
- image 391755

The standard Matrix is powered by a 1.8-liter DOHC four-cylinder engine that delivers a total of 132 HP at 6,000 rpm and 128 lb.-ft. of torque at 4,400 rpm. The engine is paired with a five-speed manual transmission or a four-speed Electronically Controlled automatic Transmission (ECT).

The S version gets a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine with an output of 158 HP at 6,000 rpm and 162 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. The S model comes with all-wheel-drive (AWD) system and a ECT 4-speed automatic transmission.

The competition

The new Matrix will take on its usual competitors: the Subaru Impreza, Volkswagen Golf or Nissan Versa. The Impreza is being offered in two body versions: four-door sedan and five-door hatchback and four distinct output levels: 2.5i 170 hp; 2.5GT 224 hp; WRX 265 hp; and STI 305 hp.

The entry level Nissan Versa Sedan 1.6 Base and Versa Sedan 1.6 models are powered by a 107 HP 1.6 Liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine, while the Versa Hatchback and Sedan 1.8 S and 1.8 SL offer a 122 HP 1.8 Liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine standard.

The prices

2011 Toyota Matrix High Resolution Exterior
- image 391769

The 2011 Toyota Matrix will make its world debut at the Chicago Auto Show with sales to begin shortly after. Prices will be announced at a later date.

  • Leave it
    • There are much more powerful competitors on the market
    • Competitors look better
What do you think?
Show Comments

22 comments:

  (532) posted on 01.25.2012

I love the color and exterior detailing of this 2011 Toyota Matrix. It looks stylish for a four-cylinder engine. The dashboard is noticeably impressive but the interior updates is not that stunning.

  (474) posted on 01.6.2012

Yeah! it is already looking great with its color though it have a simply styling and platform design and I noticed its dashboard its kinda impressive.

  (498) posted on 01.5.2012

It is maybe a powerful four-cylinder engine and its quite impressive, but the exterior looks so common for me and its interior updates is not really stunning just like the other.

  (447) posted on 12.5.2011

They should really boost more the engine of this Matrix because its output is not truly satisfying although it is only a sedan. Moreover, I noticed that its interior is seems boring as well.

  (328) posted on 11.29.2011

Matrix still looks so attractive in spite of having only a simple styling and detailing. I also love the fact that it had a very comfortable interior. However, I’m too disappointed on its engine output.

  (296) posted on 10.6.2011

Matrix looks so fabulous even though the platforms look so simple and common. Moreover, as for the interior of this one, I must say that the interior touch is not really so fond, and it seems that it didn’t have an entertaining technology.

  (399) posted on 09.13.2011

I noticed that the dashboard is so simple, smiley but it didn’t matter at all ’coz I think the interior features is seems so relaxing.

  (541) posted on 09.9.2011

Yeah! it is already looking great with its color though it have a simply styling and platform design and I noticed its dashboard its kinda impressive.

  (300) posted on 09.6.2011

Cool indeed! Red cars, are really so hot and impressive in my eyes and this Toyota Matrix seems so perfect in my eyes only on its exterior. smiley

  (314) posted on 07.19.2011

As you can see this Toyota Matrix, it is quite impressive and the technology used is good. By the way, does Toyota Matrix have other competitors aside from Hyundai Matrix?

  (397) posted on 07.18.2011

If the clients will make a comparison on the looks of the car between Matrix and its competitor, I think that matrix will stand out.

  (858) posted on 06.17.2011

Yeah, I would agree with you there, the handling is definitely the biggest selling point og this ca. I have tried driving one myself and I was amazed at how easy the experience was.

  (378) posted on 05.23.2011

I am not really that much of a fan of the Matrix,but I still think that it is really quite a good car. It has a rather good combination of great style and good handling.

  (647) posted on 05.13.2011

Toyota Matrix sustains a character inspiring for the other type of model that consist of truly amazing performance, I should say a better prospect for getting a value and eager customer. 

  (462) posted on 05.12.2011

I wonder why it has been called as a Matrix. I think the main reason why is a main reason is the fuel efficiency of the car that has delivered a great out braking performance.

  (367) posted on 05.10.2011

I agree with you, Basically the most and outstanding Matrix obtain a simple yet they have the capacity to improves there performance as well. I do love the way they impose the model type of car.

  (453) posted on 05.6.2011

Well, It is a very smart choice for the Matrix Toyota model,A sporty well handed car that have a high speed manual transmission.

  (444) posted on 05.4.2011

Toyota Matrix features is a good looking appearance from the interior to the exterior design,That i can say a better future reference.

  (692) posted on 04.20.2011

Well, The color itself is extra unique additional to the extremely great. Yet the simplicity is there and the fitted made appearance that will totally suits your taste.

  (592) posted on 04.20.2011

The new Toyota matrix has an exterior and interior design features, that makes its a complimentary maintenance with a smart and improving abilities to perform in a very smooth and amazing features.

Car Finder: