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    Is Lexus Hinting A Return Of The IS 300 Sport Cross?


    By William Maley

    Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com

    January 11, 2013

    Lexus posted an interesting message on their Facebook fan page yesterday which 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!"

    For those who don't know or have forgotten about the IS 300 Sport Cross, it was a wagon version of the first-generation IS 300 introduced 2002.

    So that brings up an interesting question, is Lexus planning a wagon or whatever name besides wagon with the next-generation IS? Like the message says, we'll find out next week at the Detroit Auto Show.

    Source: Lexus Facebook Page, CarScoop

    William Maley is a staff writer for Cheers & Gears. He can be reached at william.maley@cheersandgears.com or you can follow him on twitter at @realmudmonster.

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