A certain group of enthusiasts will rejoice.
Neither Toyota nor Honda has offered a wagon for sale in the US for years, but that could be changing soon, at least for Toyota. Question is, will Honda eventually follow suit? According to a patent trademark application uncovered by GR86.org, Toyota has filed for two new nameplates: 'Toyota BZ' and 'Capstone', both for the US market. The filing dates were just last week so it's still too early to know for sure what the Japanese automaker is up to, but we do have some good guesses.
Starting with the latter, 'Capstone', could be for a new high-end trim level slotted above the Limited for a number of Toyota models. Another possibility is a new off-road trim. For which model? The filing doesn't make any specific mention, though one possibility could be for the Toyota C-HR subcompact crossover. Pursuing this course could potentially make the C-HR a better Jeep Renegade competitor.
But it's the 'Toyota BZ' filing that really caught our attention. How come? Because there's a very good chance it'll be the name of the Toyota Corolla wagon. Already sold as both a sedan, hybrid sedan, and a hatchback in the US, the latest generation Toyota Corolla has received excellent reviews since its debut over a year ago. In fact, a Corolla wagon, dubbed the Corolla Touring Sports, is already on sale in several overseas markets, including Europe.
Chances are, it's going to become America's Toyota BZ in the near future. Station wagons used to be very popular in America but have lost favor due to the rise of both minivans and crossovers. Both Honda and Toyota also sold wagons in the US, specifically the wagon body styles of the Honda Civic and Accord, and Toyota Corolla and Camry.
But buyers' tastes change through the years and Toyota appears to be sensing something of a wagon mini-revival here. Although they're luxury players, the Audi A6 allroad and Volvo V90 and V90 Cross Country are currently on sale. Just last week, the reborn Toyota Venza debuted, a wagon-like crossover with a raised ride height.
The Toyota BZ or Corolla BZ likely won't be raised, but it's still a potential sign of the more affordable family wagon's rebirth.