VW brings back the Scout as an electric SUV
Scout will become its own distinct brand offering off-road oriented electric trucks and SUVs in North America. A Scout SUV and pickup truck are expected to go on sale around 2026.
The first prototypes are expected to be unveiled next year, the company added.
The Scout brand “will be a separate unit and brand within the Volkswagen Group that will be managed independently,” Volkswagen chief financial officer Arno Antlitz added in the statement.
The square Scout SUV was originally the product of International Harvester, a brand best known for farm equipment and commercial trucks. The Scout, produced from 1961 to 1980, was the truckmaker’s foray into the passenger vehicle market. The term “sport utility vehicle” didn’t exist at the time, but the Scout helped define what would become the SUV market segment. It was also available as a van at that time.
Classic SUVs, like old Broncos, Jeeps and Scouts, have become popular with car collectors in recent years, keeping their names and images in the public consciousness.
International Harvester reorganized its truck business as Navistar in 1986. In 2021, Traton Group, a commercial vehicle subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group, purchased Navistar and with it secured the rights to the defunct Scout brand.