Volkswagen Group introduced right this moment the choice to launch an all-electric pickup and rugged EV SUV (R-SUV) within the US below the enduring Scout model.
The potential of reviving and electrification of the Scout model was hinted at not too long ago and isn’t a shock, because it matches within the normal pattern to affect icons (like Mustang, Hummer and DeLorean).
The corporate launched right this moment idea pictures of each autos in three colours:
An attention-grabbing factor is that Volkswagen is not going to introduce the Scout EVs immediately, like within the case of different fashions, however moderately a brand new, unbiased firm might be based to design, engineer, and manufacture pickup and rugged SUV for the US market.
A separate enterprise unit for the Scout EVs doesn’t imply that every part might be designed from scratch, as the corporate can have entry to the Volkswagen Group “tech platforms” to leverage synergies.
Nonetheless, the brand new pickup and rugged SUV might be constructed upon a brand new technical platform idea.
The primary prototypes are to be unveiled in 2023, whereas manufacturing is scheduled to begin in 2026. Fairly attention-grabbing timing, as at this level we are going to most probably see the next-generation/2nd wave of electrical pickups and SUVs in the marketplace.
Volkswagen Group says that the success within the R-SUV and pickup segments is essential to bettering profitability within the US and growing market share to 10%.
It is positively a daring transfer from Volkswagen, particularly contemplating that based on the earlier report, the Scout EVs are anticipated to have a beginning worth near $40,000.
Herbert Diess, CEO Volkswagen AG mentioned:
“After Volkswagen’s profitable turnaround within the U.S., we at the moment are taking the chance to additional strengthen our place in probably the most vital progress markets for EVs. Electrification gives a historic alternative to enter the extremely engaging pick-up and R-SUV phase as a Group, underscoring our ambition to develop into a related participant within the U.S. market.”
Arno Antlitz, CFO Volkswagen AG:
“The corporate we are going to set up this yr might be a separate unit and model throughout the Volkswagen Group to be managed independently. This aligns with the brand new Group steering mannequin – small models that act agilely and have entry to our tech platforms to leverage synergies.”