Toyota unveils 2009 Corolla, Matrix at SEMA show
Toyota has officially unveiled its 2009 Carolla and Matrix at the SEMA show in Las Vegas. Earlier this year, Toyota released a teaser image of the next-generation Matrix, but has kept the new Carolla under wraps. General Motors will unveil the Matrix's sister vehicle -- the Pontiac Vibe -- at an event in Detroit early next month. The models shown below are actually tuner concept versions of the new Corolla and Matrix, but show what the 2009 models will look like.
2009 Toyota Corolla
For 2009, Toyota will offer the Corolla in five different trim levels: Standard, LE, XLE, S and performance XRS model. Standard, LE and XLE models will be equipped with Toyota's 1.8L Dual VVT-i four-cylinder engine -- rated at 132 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque -- and will return an EPA estimated 27/35 mpg city/highway. Transmission choices will include a four-speed automatic and a five-speed manual.
Corolla S and XRS models will be equipped with a 158 horsepower version of Toyota's 2.4L VVT-i four-cylinder engine. Although the sport models will give the Corolla a bit of added performance, the larger engine does affect the car's thriftiness, dropping mileage to 22/30 city/highway. Corolla S and XRS customers will be able to choose from a five-speed manual or automatic. The sport models will also feature a unique body kit.