• Mar 12, 2010
Some of you will remember that from 2001 to 2005, Lexus sold a wagon variant of the IS, dubbed SportCross. Unfortunately, relatively dismal sales numbers didn't really make a business case for keeping that car alive, and Lexus canned it when the second-generation IS debuted in 2006. However, all hope of seeing a SportCross redux has not been lost – Autocar is reporting that the third-generation IS, set to arrive in 2011, could spawn a wagon variant once again.

Now, let's be realistic. If Lexus does build an IS SportCross again, it probably won't make it to American soil. Why? In Europe, wagons are hot sellers, with the BMW 3 Series Touring and Audi A4 Avant leading the pack. Lexus even admits that not offering a wagon in Europe has hurt overall sales of the car. Mercedes-Benz made a similar decision with the current-generation C-Class to only offer the wagon version in Europe, while in previous years, the C-Class Estate could be found at American dealerships as well.

[Source: Autocar]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Great idea.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Car and Driver

      Unintentional Exotics: Jaguar X-type Wagon and Lexus IS300 SportCross - Feature

      "Two wagons that are rarer than Bentley's Continental GT."

      Great read and the IS300 SportCross was great. It was very luxurious, handsome, well built, handled well and had a great engine.

      Link:

      http://www.caranddriver.com/features/09q4/unintentional_exotics_jaguar_x-type_wagon_and_lexus_is300_sportcross-feature
        • 4 Years Ago
        my car's rarer than a GT, doesn't mean I wouldn't rather own a GT. Hell the SC430's a lot rarer and I wouldn't touch it with a 100' pole.

        oddly... like any other car, there's a bunch of these floating around socal and seeing them, they actually look the best of that generation IS.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Meh. 1995 S6 Avant. 300 imported. All other S6s were sedans.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wagons don't sell here. Waste of time.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Aside from Dodge Magnums with the 22s
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yes they do, you just have to call them "sport utility crossover's".
      • 4 Years Ago
      You sure that is not a Saab in the picture? Sure looks it.
      • 4 Years Ago
      YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

      PLEASEEEEEEEEEEEE LEXUS


      I LOVED the IS SportCross its looks great and it a rare car dont really see them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        The old one was ugly. As was the last Camry wagon. So hopefully they've learned from those and this new one will be a lot better looking.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I wanted to like the old IS, but it was priced more than a G35, with significantly less power and a 5 speed at best (and in the wagon, NO stick at all). The IS would make a great Toyota but I'm not so thrilled with it when I'm stuck with the option package that comes with the Lexus branding. IMHO, They should sell it as an Altezza and let me buy it with just the things I want; HIDs, 6 speed, and let other things like leather, power seats, BlOSE stereo as actual OPTIONS and I think it would sell MUCH better
        • 4 Years Ago
        boise is in idaho. bose makes stereos. the g35 sucks btw
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wagons will never been a huge seller, but they don't have to be either. It is fairly "cheap" for a car maker to come out with one and helps add interest to a car after it's been on the market for a year or 2 and people have lost some of their initial excitement. Look at what Caddy is doing with the CTS and it's wagon variant.

      I think with recent emphasis on fuel economy, SUVs have fallen out of favor (finally!) and even Crossovers are too big and thirsty for some folks. Give them a wagon version of a sedan and they get back most of the room without sacrificing much in handling, performance or fuel economy.

      The wagon is go.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree, the wagon is go. I have a soft-spot for the current and last-gen Volvo V70. There is something about the wagon/estate that speaks functionality over style.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'd love to see one here!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Audi A4 Avant is HUGELY popular here in Boulder, CO...not sure why wagons aren't more popular everywhere!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Better a wagon than a Hummer....
        • 4 Years Ago
        @nastinupe
        LOL That is funny, and very often true.
        I'd still like a wagon, not to fit in that crowd but for the utility and driveability.
        Rack for surf boards, skis, bikes, kayaks, and room inside for the rest of gear.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I agree that a Lexus IS wagon would probably have less sales than a manual trans IS. Someone who is looking for those features that a wagon have, will most likely buy a SUV Lexus.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wagons - I don't get them.
        • 4 Years Ago
        That's okay. I don't get you either. I'll wave when I pass you in my 300+ hp turbo S6 wagon filled with camping gear. Later!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I have a current gen IS350 and I have mixed feelings about it. While I love the quality and reliability of the vehicle, much about it feels calculated. Not calculated in an engineering sort of way, but in a marketing sort of way. It's like they took what they thought the target market would like and tried to smash all those features into a car.

      The problem with this approach is while the specs look good (Edmunds crowd good) the whole is lacking. For instance, the back seat is wholy unusable for anyone with real legs. My friends RX-8 has a bigger back seat. I'm guessing Toyota marketing people figured most buyers didn't use the backseat so they told the engineers to compromise it to optimize other specs.

      BMW on the other hand seems to pay more attention to the whole car. They want to build the best total car they can. When they build a wagon, they look at building the best wagon they can, not some slapped on awkward hatch on the previous IS300.

      So why did I buy the Lexus instead of a 3-series? I ask myself that often too.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is barely even a "wagon". It's more of a hatchback. Like the old Impreza hatchbacks. Hatchbacks don't sell well here in the states. Wagons sell better than hatchbacks. If it's gonna be a wagon, make it a freaking wagon. Not that Venza/ Crossover crap either...

      That said, I LOOOOOVE this idea. An IS wagon would awesome!! I own two wagons (Focus and an Outback) and I'll never own an SUV. There's no point to an SUV. Are you really going to take that thing off road? No. Even then, my Outback can go everywhere your SUV can. Wagons have more space, more MPG, and more practicality. They handle like a car, are easier to park and navigate city streets. We don't need big hulking SUVs anymore. The sooner we Americans understand that, the better.
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