Official statements concerning the 2017 Toyota Matrix release date are still unavailable but we expect it to hit the North American showrooms in the second half of 2016.
The Matrix used to be Toyota’s compact hatchback sold in the U.S., Canada and Mexico until its discontinuation in 2013. However, some sources claim that this model is scheduled to be relaunched for the 2017 MY. Just like its predecessor, the upcoming iteration will be aimed primarily at the youthful market segment. Of course, the Japanese automaker plans to give this model a more up-to-date exterior styling as well as some of its latest technology.
2017 Toyota Matrix Design
When it comes to dimensions, the 2017 Toyota Matrix will grow in size compared to the previous version. Design-wise, expect it to offer a new take on the recognizable sheet metal seen on its predecessor. It will retain the athletic appearance and low-stance for which the previous generation was known. On the other hand, expect the revived Matrix to adopt a more mature look that follows the company’s latest design philosophy. Due to a slightly longer wheelbase, there will be more legroom and headroom inside the new cabin. Also, the material quality and trim finish will be significantly improved, with the list of standard amenities much longer than before. The lack of a modern infotainment system was one of the biggest drawbacks of the discontinued model and Toyota plans to correct that mistake with the 2017 version.
2017 Toyota Matrix Engine Specs
Official engine specifications for the 2017 Toyota Matrix have yet to be revealed. However, it is most likely to arrive with a similar engine range offered by the previous generation. The entry-level versions of the old Matrix were powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder that delivered 132 horsepower and 128 lb-ft of torque, matched either to a five-speed manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. The more powerful gasoline option came with a 2.4-liter inline-4 churning out 158 hp and 162 lb-ft, with either a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic gearbox. While the upcoming Matrix should be available with standard front-wheel drive, all-wheel drive versions will be optional. Needless to say, we’ll be watching closely for any new details on the 2017 Matrix’s drivetrain.