Lexus Hybrid Wagon on its Way?

Lexus will introduce a hybrid wagon, based on the hybrid architecture of the next-generation Prius, at the 2009 Detroit Auto Show, according to a report from Motor Trend. The new report offers few details about a Lexus hybrid wagon, but in recent years there have been a number of rumors about Toyota adapting the highly-successful Prius into a line vehicles ranging from a subcompact to a crossover SUV.

Several factors give credence to the report about a Lexus hybrid wagon. There are currently no wagons or minivans available with a hybrid drivetrain—a clear gap in the current market. Lexus hybrids have not performed nearly as well as Toyota hybrids. And the next-generation Prius technology, along with a model redesign, is due in 2009. The four-door hatchback design of the Prius has become a core feature of the vehicle. A “lifestyle wagon” from Lexus would give the company a distinct hybrid offering, and allow Toyota to leverage its investment in hybrid technology.

Aside from body style changes, the concept will differ from the Prius by offering higher-end amenities and an overall upscale interior, both trademarks of Lexus. Those upgrades will obviously come at a higher price. Details about the vehicle, including price and a release date, have not been confirmed by Toyota.


  • Paul Rivers

    This is so frustrating.

  • Jay Barnes

    Say you currently own a minivan or SUV and are looking to get a much greener car. But you need space for family trips and car-pooling the kids to soccer games.

    There are the Hybrid-SUVs but those aren’t as green as say the Prius. The Toyota Camry Hybrid is a mid-size car but it has less luggage room than the Prius does.

    A Lexus Hybrid station wagon would be a nice choice provided they don’t use the electric motor for more power rather than more efficiency (as they did with the GS hybrid).

  • Paul Rivers

    “A Lexus Hybrid station wagon would be a nice choice”

    It’s only a nice choice if you have tens of thousands of dollars to waste. Well, for most of us it’s a waste. I don’t have a problem saying that if I made $400k a year it might not be, but most of us don’t make that kind of money.

    Here’s the situation –

    Say you currently own a minivan or SUV and are looking to get a much greener car. But you need space for family trips and car-pooling the kids to soccer games.

    There are the Hybrid-SUVs but those aren’t as green as say the Prius, and there aren’t any that are as reliable. The Toyota Camry Hybrid is a mid-size car but it has less luggage room than the Prius does.

    Unfortunately, you just don’t have any good options. You can’t get a small car like the Prius because of its size. You could get a Ford Escape, but it isn’t nearly as reliable as a Prius not to mention other issues with the vehicle. There are hybrids that would work, but they’re obscenely expensive – like the Lexus hybrid station wagon, or the Toyota Highlander Hybrid.

    In the end, unfortunately, you buy a non-hybrid because there are no reliable hybrid crossovers or SUV’s. You’d like to buy a hybrid, but unfortunately it’s just not a reasonable option right now.

  • Anonymous

    Toyota has been selling synergy drive vans in Japan and Thailand for more than 5 years. Just Google Estima Hybrid minivan. They are smaller than vans sold in the U.S. but get excellent mileage.

  • SW

    It is possible to import cars from japan – used cars there are cheap. People import Japanese cars all the time in the Caribbean.

  • sean

    Re SW’s post, not sure if you can do it in the US but in Australia, they call it “grey import”, unofficially done.

  • Anonymous

    I just hope that toyota makes an suv crossover of the toyota prius. that would be a dream come true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • bhgdrn

    I share your frustration! Have a 2000 Sienna. It’s Time! Where is the HYBRID MINI_VAN!

    It’s in Japan. Sounds like an opportunity for the AMERICAN CAR COMPANIES. Hello, are you listening?

    Frustrated in Florida