The 2009 Toyota Matrix S has officially hit the streets. When Toyota created the Matrix S their goal was to give it a sporty edge. Unfortunately they weren’t able to follow through on this idea. Sure it has a bit more edge to it – but they sacrificed some of the looks that made us love the previous models. So instead of giving it an edgy look they ended up by dulling it out.
The 2008 Toyota Land Cruiser has been spotted and we have the skinny on what we can look forward to. This newer model has increased 2.3 inches in the length and 1.2 inches in its width – which means that the have revamped it with sheetmetal to align this new styling design.
The Land Cruiser’s engine – 5.7-liter V-8 – is unchanged for the Land Cruiser and retains its 381-horse and 401-lb-ft of torque power figures. It’s mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with a sequential shift mode that allows for manual gear selection, automatically shifting into first gear when the vehicle comes to a stop.
The rumor that is bouncing around is that when Toyota is ready to replace the aging, five-door Matrix hatchback in the spring of 2008, the Corolla-based vehicle will take on its Japan-market name, which they dubbed the Blade.
The Blade, which is currently sold in Japan is powered by a 158-hp 2.4-liter four-cylinder, same as numerous Toyota products including the Camry. That would be a useful improvement over the Matrix’s current 126-hp 1.8-liter four. All-wheel drive is optional, as it was on the Matrix until 2007, when it was dropped along with the more-powerful, high-revving 164-hp 1.8-liter engine choice.