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Scout EVs Will be Developed by the Same Company as G-Class, Grenadier: Report

Scout could be serious off-roader

  • Magna Steyr reportedly won contract to develop two Scout models

  • Scout expected to start production in 2026

Volkswagen’s new Scout line of electric off-roaders could be more than just rugged-looking versions of the ID.4. A new report says that VW Group (Auto News via Kleine Zeitung) has just placed an order worth half a billion with Magna Steyr to help develop the new models.

If that supplier name sounds familiar, it’s because the Austrian company is responsible for the development of the Mercedes-Benz G Class. The company continues to build that model for Merc at its plant in Graz.

The Austrian newspaper that broke the news said that the contract is Magna Steyr’s largest development contract yet. Magna Steyr also played an important part in the development of the Ineos Grenadier and BMW X3, as well as the 4Matic AWD system used by Mercedes-Benz.

Magna Steyr makes more than just off-roaders, though. The company was part of the development work for the Aston Martin Rapide, Audi TT, and others. It currently assembles the Jaguar E and I-Pace models and the Fisker Ocean.

Per the report, the two Scout models under development as part of the agreement will be ready for production by the end of 2026. They’re set to be built at a new plant that the VW Group is building near Columbia, S.C. The plant will be capable of producing around 200,000 vehicles per year.


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