We're looking forward to seeing the 2014 Lexus IS in person next week at the Detroit Auto Show to see if its brazen design is any less polarizing in person, but Lexus (or at least its Facebook team) has dropped a not-too-subtle hint about the possible return of the SportCross body style – something in between a hatchback and station wagon. The current generation IS comes in sedan and convertible models, but this is an interesting teaser that might suggest an expanded IS lineup.

On its Facebook page, Lexus said:

Do you remember the '02 IS 300 Sport Cross with its style, utility and performance? Will we bring it back? Watch the 2014 IS premiere on Facebook in 6 days to find out!

Well there you go... we only have six more days until we find out exactly the automaker has in store for us. But we want to know what you think. Would you be interested in a new IS SportCross?

Should Lexus reintroduce the IS SportCross?
Yes, utility and style! 6376 (70.2%)
No, who wants a hatch? 2116 (23.3%)
I'm not sure... 595 (6.5%)


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      Oscar Zamora
      • 2 Years Ago
      I always liked Station Wagons.
      Stephen Liu
      • 2 Years Ago
      IMO, the butt is the worst part of the new IS. Maybe, if the SportCross is revived, it'll have a better butt than the sedan.
        SaabStory
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Stephen Liu
        I don't think you;ve looked at that butter-face. The front end is killing the design for me. I can stand the butt.
          Bruce Lee
          • 2 Years Ago
          @SaabStory
          At first I thought the front end was way worse while the butt looked acceptable (I do like the line that flows from the lamps down the side...very sporty) but after a day the front end with it's crazy separate lighting elements is actually starting to grow on me. I don't know if I'm losing my mind or what but it's actually starting to look pretty sexy. BRING ON THE IS SPORTCROSS! I think an IS350 Sportcross in F-Sport trim would probably be the sportiest wagon on the market.
        Anthony Colbert
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Stephen Liu
        Same exact thing I said!
      transam
      • 2 Years Ago
      The original SportCross didnt sell well, the current CT does not sell well, nor has any other premium hatch in this country. Patern? Isn't the definition of insanity trying the same thing over and over and expecting a different result?
      mmmfloorpie
      • 2 Years Ago
      Yes, Lexus I remember the SportCross... And it was a total bomb, just like the original IS!
      alistair.dillingham
      • 2 Years Ago
      The photo from the side makes it look really unattractive and dated.
      Frisky_Dingo
      • 2 Years Ago
      Why?? I mean, I liked the original, and wagons in general, but what's there to be gained?? It won't sell. But they'd try and justify a wagon model, but not a manual transmission option, which help their image a lot more, and make the car be taken more seriously??? Yeah, that makes sense.
      Dane Grant
      • 2 Years Ago
      Only Lexus I ever liked....
      chickenflauta
      • 2 Years Ago
      Probably the only way I'd consider an IS over the latest 3-series would be if it existed in SportCross form... But I'm having trouble seeing how Lexus could justify both an IS SportCross, and the CT hybrid hatch in its North American lineup... not that I'm complaining. Bring on the function + style!
        chickenflauta
        • 2 Years Ago
        @chickenflauta
        Yeah, I hear that. I get they are not the same vehicle. But I just don't think the market for hatches is big enough for Lexus to invest in two offerings here. The CT is not really marketed to a "Lexus Prius" buyer... its marketing campaigns have really targeted more towards young urban professionals. That seems to overlap quite a bit with a potential IS SportCross. But who knows what informed their decision making.
        Bruce Lee
        • 2 Years Ago
        @chickenflauta
        They're very different cars...one is a FWD hybrid that does 0-60 in 10 and change while the other is a RWD sports sedan with a 300+ HP direct injected V6 that does 0-60 in half the time. If you want fuel economy with some practicality from the body style then the CT is your car, whereas if you want sport then the IS would be your car. Being a RWD vehicle the back seat takes some hits with the drivetrain causing that huge bump in the middle seat so it's basically a 4-seater.
      Jarod Forney
      • 2 Years Ago
      yes, that 23% is still stuck in the 1970's.
      RA
      • 2 Years Ago
      id be interested in this. plenty of potential but not counting on it..
      TavonAneXus
      • 2 Years Ago
      that was my first car!!!
      Spec_V
      • 2 Years Ago
      I say bring it. The original IS300 Sport Cross was quite unique.
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