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Scout to Return in 2026 as VW’s EV Off-Road Brand

  • Volkswagen will enter the electric off-road market by creating a new company with the long-defunct Scout nameplate, once used by International Harvester.
  • The Scout brand will begin production in 2026, with an electric pickup truck and SUV duo.
  • Prototypes will be revealed next year, and the vehicles will be based on a new platform and designed specifically for the US market.

UPDATE 9/14/2022: Scout released a new image (shown above) today that teases the front-end design of its upcoming electric off-road models. The brand also announced that its website is now live, featuring a forum for Scout owners and fans, as well as details on the company’s direction.

Volkswagen is entering the electric off-roader scene, and in doing so will revive a legendary nameplate: the Scout. The Scout name, popularized by truck and tractor maker International Harvester in the 1960s and 1970s, will return on an electric SUV and pickup truck designed for the U.S. market, with production slated for 2026.

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The Scout name will be assigned to a new company under the Volkswagen Group umbrella, which will be established this year with the first prototypes unveiled in 2023. Along with the announcement, Volkswagen provided sketches of a rugged, boxy SUV and pick-up duo, with an inverted window line reminiscent of the rear glass of the ’60s original. VW says the new Scouts will be based on a new EV platform, and more details will presumably arrive next year when the sketches come to life.

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The 1978 International Scout II family.


The return of the Scout name was recently rumored in a report from the Wall Street Journal, which hints at other details of the Scout’s rebirth. According to the report, VW aims to eventually sell 250,000 Scout-branded vehicles per year in America. Volkswagen came to the Scout moniker in 2020 when its Traton truck division took over from Navistar International, the offshoot of International Harvester.

The report also suggested that the Scout brand will have its own factories and that they will likely be in the United States. A separate listing on a stock exchange for the new company is also rumored. By the time the Scout duo arrives, the electric SUV space will be pretty full, with the current players — the GMC Hummer EV and Rivian R1T — joined by an electric Jeep Wrangler and others.

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