Hanover, 17. March 2008 – After seven years, Hyundai gives the Matrix a facelift. The redesigned front end is the most striking feature of the new version of the compact van manufactured in Turkey. ESP now also comes as standard.
Changes to the front and interior
A redesigned front skirt with modified air intakes, fog lamps and a new-design radiator grille are intended to bring the Matrix closer to the current Hyundai models. The visually modified and roughened front headlights now shine behind clear glass. The interior has also been slightly redesigned: The redesigned seat covers follow the color concept already familiar from the i10 and Getz models with red or blue inserts.
Unchanged engine range
The back seat bench and backrest can still be folded down and moved in their entirety in a 60/40 ratio. This creates either a larger luggage compartment or more legroom in the rear. The engine range has remained unchanged: The small gasoline engine has a displacement of 1.6 liters and an output of 103 hp, while the larger gasoline engine has a displacement of 1.8 liters and an output of 122 hp. A common-rail diesel with 1.5 liters of displacement and 110 hp is also available.
Sales launch in summer 2008
In addition to six airbags and ABS, the Matrix now also comes with ESP as standard. Air conditioning and power windows are also included. The new Matrix generation will arrive in Germany in summer 2008; Hyundai has not yet announced prices.