The Volkswagen Scout would be an all-electric off-roader.
Yes, Volkswagen owns the rights to the name.
The new Scout would be priced around $40,000.
The name Scout, from the long-ago defunct international brand, still carries a fair amount of clout. This is why it would be a fitting name for a new all-electric off-roader for Volkswagen to pit against other popular vehicles in the niche segment.
And that segment includes the likes of the Ford Bronco and Jeep Wrangler. But, unlike these trucks, the Volkswagen Scout would have more in common with the Rivian R1S where it would be highly capable but still very user-friendly, and all-electric. The main difference is that it would be priced around $40,000 and not $70,000 like the R1S.
Volkswagen came to own the Scout via its recent acquisition of Traton which owns Navistar which, in turn, owns Scout. The transition is only a few months old so these rumours or plans are still in their infancy. It was Volkswagen Group of America Chief Operating Officer Johan De Nysschen who floated the idea during a conversation with the media at a recent press event, as reported by Motor Trend.
The thought is that the Scout would use a heavily modified version of Volkswagen’s MEB platform. With AWD, a proper suspension, and various other must-have off-road bits, the final step would be to decide how to sell the trucks. As another VW, or under a different banner?