Less than a day after the rumor about the revival of the historic Scout brand appeared, Volkswagen AG officially confirmed it. And not just in words: the company showed the first sketches of future models of the brand — an SUV and a pickup truck, which should enter the US market. According to Volkswagen CEO Herbert Diess, Scout will allow the German auto giant to gain a foothold in the North American market — “one of the most significant growth markets for electric vehicles”, where pickups and SUVs are in use.
For the production of Scout cars, Volkswagen will create a division that will have four years to develop cars, test them and establish production. Prototypes of a pickup truck and an SUV should be ready by 2024, and commercial versions by 2026.
It is already known that the assembly will be organized in the USA, but where exactly is not specified yet. Perhaps it will be a factory-built from scratch specifically for electric Scouts, who are promised a new platform.
The new brand will be named after the legendary SUV International Harvester Scout, which was produced from the 1960s to the 1980s, competed with Jeep, and was offered in the form of a pickup truck and SUV. In 2021, Volkswagen acquired Navistar, the successor company to International Harvester, and with it received the rights to the brand. Judging by the design sketches, the novelties will get not only a historical name but also a design designed with an eye to the angular shapes of the model from the last century.