Volkswagen will revive the title of an SUV pioneer for a brand new rugged EV model.
The automaker on Wednesday introduced the brand new Scout model, taking the title of the Worldwide Harvester Scout that debuted within the Sixties as one of many unique SUVs. This new Scout incarnation will develop an electrical pickup truck and SUV for america. The primary prototypes shall be unveiled in 2023, with manufacturing scheduled to begin in 2026, VW mentioned in a press launch.
Rumors of a VW Scout have circulated for a couple of months. VW lastly confirmed its plans a couple of hours after one among its designers posted—after which deleted—a teaser picture on Instagram.
1980 Worldwide Scout
Later recirculated formally by VW, the teaser exhibits a four-door SUV and pickup with the identical blocky proportions and upswept rear-window line as the unique Scout, which was manufactured between 1961 and 1980 by agricultural tools firm Worldwide Harvester.
VW acquired the rights to the Scout title with its acquisition of Navistar Worldwide, a successor firm of Worldwide Harvester, in 2020.
Underneath VW, the Scout title is predicted to symbolize a standalone model with its personal administration, just like VW’s different manufacturers. Have a look at the stock-market enthusiasm behind Rivian, and you may put collectively the dots for what VW is considering. Neither is Rivian the one firm advertising rugged EVs.
2024 GMC Hummer EV SUV
The Worldwide Scout has had a robust fanatic following over a long time—and the totally electrical mannequin that arguably most carefully represents its aesthetic has been the Bollinger B1. And Basic Motors not too long ago introduced again the Hummer model as an EV. As for the Scout, there’s doubtless much more flexibility in what such a model may change into.
VW has additionally been eager to make use of names from its major model’s again catalog for brand new EVs. The ID.Buzz cues lots of curiosity, however will probably be a comparatively low-volume mannequin. VW has mulled—greater than as soon as—the return of the VW Factor as an EV.
Do you suppose it is a good suggestion? Ought to VW make electrical SUVs for the plenty underneath the Scout title, or will this be one other overpriced electrical truck constructed on nostalgia? Depart us your ideas.