Here’s some news I didn’t expect to read this morning or… you, know, ever! Volkswagen is set to approve a plan that will bring the Scout name back to life in the US market. Per the Wall Street Journal via Jalopnik, the Scout brand will be a new subsidiary brand under the VW Group umbrella and the first order of business is creating a pair of electric vehicles.
One will be an electric pickup truck and the other will be an electric SUV. I hope that VW also has rights to some of the original International Harvester model names as well, or at the very least gets creative relating past model names to these modern vehicles. Perhaps a Scout 80 could have an 80-kWh battery pack or the Scout 800 could ride on a platform with an 800-volt architecture? Maybe the Scout Spirit of 76 could be a retro-future edition looking forward to 2076?
I have some ideas and I’m sure you do too.
Regardless, this is great news to see as I’ve always enjoyed the Scout family of vehicles. This feels like a good way to bring the name back to life. And I hope that anything VW makes under this new brand is more exciting than the ID.4.