Lexus plans to release wagon variant of the IS

Luxury carmaker Lexus is set to introduce a wagon variant of the new Lexus IS. The company is also considering to make the entire model range as hybrid only vehicles.

The wagon for some time has lost its appeal but it is back in business now at least partially. In the United States, studies show that consumers are starting to value the functionality of the wagon again and are starting to veer away from gas guzzling SUVs. Lexus wants to capitalize on this trend thus the estate IS.

The Japanese carmaker takes note that the C Class of Mercedes-Benz and the 3-Series of the BMW are set to launch their third edition by 2011. The current model of the IS which was rolled out in 2005 has not been made available as a wagon. The move to produce a wagon will help the brand compete in Europe.

The last time we saw an IS looking like a wagon was during its first run when they introduced the SportCross.

If ever the move to produce the wagon variant will push through, it will be launched by 2011 as a 2012 model. To further push for better sales in North America, Lexus is taking the direction of making the entire range as hybrid only units.

The details about this move of Lexus are very limited. We will keep you posted with regard to developments. If there is really something in the works, we might be seeing spy shots soon.

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