New Volkswagen Scout brand will spawn all-electric pick-up truck

Volkswagen’s electric Scout brand will use a new off-road vehicle platform

VW Scout design sketches

Volkswagen has announced a new brand for the US called ‘Scout’, which will be dedicated to electric off-road vehicles and pick-up trucks.

We’ve already seen teaser images of what the forthcoming pick-up truck and SUV will look like, with both featuring clean, boxy proportions, chunky off-road tyres and a raised ground clearance. The absence of a traditional powertrain has enabled very short overhangs, with the exception of the pick-up which has an extended load bay.

They’ll also not feature Volkswagen’s MEB electric architecture, which underpins the brand’s electric ID range. Instead the Scout range will use what bosses term as a ‘new technical platform concept’ for off-road EVs.

The Scout lineup will be designed purely for the US market, where the pick-up truck could potentially start for $40,000, undercutting rivals like the Ford F-150 Lightning and Chevrolet Silverado EV. 

GM, Rivian and Hummer have also entered the electric pick up market in America and Volkswagen boss Herbert Diess seems keen to take a slice of the lucrative segment. “Electrification provides a historic opportunity to now enter the highly attractive pick-up and R-SUV segment as a Group, underscoring our ambition to become a relevant player in the U.S. market.”

Volkswagen says prototypes are set to be unveiled next year, while the first production-ready Scout vehicles will arrive in 2026. There will also be a $100 million investment to kick start the new brand. The plans form part of Volkswagen’s wider goal to double its EV market share in the US and become the world’s biggest-selling electric vehicle manufacturer by 2025.  

Volkswagen obtained naming rights for the Scout brand last year - the nameplate featured on a series of off-roaders built by now-defunct American firm International Harvester until 1980. The new electric models wearing the badge are set to launch in the US initially, although availability in other markets isn’t out of the question.

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