Powered by a 16-valve 1.8L four-cylinder that makes 132hp at 6,000rpm and 128lb-ft of torque at 4,400rpm, the little standard Matrix will be sporty, but not exactly fast. More power is available, however, with the optional 2.4L DOHC four-cylinder motor putting out 158hp at 6,000rpm and 162lb-ft of torque at 4,000rpm. Fuel economy is excellent with the big motor mated to a five-speed automatic managing 21mpg city and 29mpg highway.
Standard wheels are 16-inch steel units with plastic covers, but 17-inch five-spoke alloys are available on the S trim and 18-inch alloys with twin five-spoke design are standard on the XRS trim. Brakes are discs all around on all trim levels, with antilock brakes (ABS) and electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) standard as well. Traction control is optional on the base and S trims, and standard on the XRS.
The interior has been completely redesigned to enhance comfort and utility. New seats complement the lower profile of the new Matrix and despite the lower seating position and roofline, cabin space is equal to the previous Matrix. The standard array of power accessories and satellite radio and navigation units are available.
Expect the all-new Matrix to roll onto showroom floors in February 2008.