LAS VEGAS Toyota pulled the covers off the 2009 Corolla sedan and Matrix sport wagon today at the Specialty Equipment Market Association show here.
The new Corolla, the 10th generation of the worlds best-selling compact sedan, stays about the same size, but its appeal could be greater because of an expanded lineup.
Sales are expected to start Feb. 11, said Ed La Rocque, Toyotas national car marketing manager. He said prices wont be announced until close to launch.
The 2009 Corolla will be available in five versions: standard, LE, XLE, S and XRS. A 1.8-liter, 132-hp engine powers all but the top-of-the-line XRS, which gets a 2.4-liter, 158-hp engine, 17-inch wheels and other performance-oriented spiffs.
The 2009 Corolla is 2 inches wider than the current model.
The new Matrix will be available in three versions: standard, S all-wheel drive and XRS. It looks a bit like a scaled-down version of the Lexus RX 350. The same two engines from the Corolla will be offered in the Matrix.