Volkswagen Scout to reveal its first SUV later this year

Volkswagen Scout SUV brand

Volkswagen will take the wraps off its first SUV under the Scout brand later this year. A teaser video released by Scout confirms this development. The ‘Scout’ moniker has sat dormant since the International Harvester, the original SUV's manufacturer, retired the model in 1980.

The resurrected Scout SUV brand will initially see a launch in North America, followed by other global markets. The brand had announced earlier that two 4WD EVs will be part of its first set of products. 

  1. VW Scout to focus on electric SUVs
  2. Sales to commence from 2026
  3. Will not be based on the MEB born EV platform

Volkswagen Scout SUV brand: what’s new?

A teaser video shows footage of Scout SUVs and pickups from yesteryear and also some visuals of rural landscapes, mainly from the United States region. The two rugged EVs being readied will be designed and manufactured in the US. We expect the first set of prototypes to be revealed sometime this year. The design sketches revealed earlier showed silhouettes of both, a pickup and a large SUV, which are clearly envisioned as rivals for the Rivian R1T and R1S, respectively.

International Harvester Scout: history

The Scout SUV was earlier built by International Harvester, which traditionally manufactured farm and commercial vehicles for the North American region. The SUV was produced from 1961 to 1980 as the firm’s first passenger model and it was also available as a pickup. Key rivals for the Scout included the likes of the Jeep CJ and Ford’s 1965 Bronco.

Volkswagen India EV plans

We have exclusively reported that Volkswagen has begun the localisation of EV components in India and is readying an all-new EV SUV for our market. Read more on that here.

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