The Hummer, Bronco and Blazer have all returned in recent years as a result of the ongoing SUV boom. The International Harvester Scout is next—and it's going to be electric.
Citing people familiar with the matter, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday that Volkswagen Group's board is expected to give the green light on Wednesday to a Scout revival.
Later in the day, VW confirmed the rumor, and confirmed that there will be both an SUV and pickup truck. The automaker also provided teaser sketches of the two vehicles.
1971-80 International Harvester Scout
VW Group owns the rights to the Scout name through its ownership of Navistar which was formed from International Harvester in the 1980s, and the automaker has already used the name in recent history on some vehicles from its Skoda brand.
The plan is to have the modern Scouts designed, engineered and manufactured in the U.S., with the focus to be on the local market. A separate company will be established in the U.S. to oversee the Scout revival.
The vehicles will be based on a new platform that VW Group said will bring “new pickup and [rugged utility vehicle] credibility” to the automaker's existing portfolio of platforms.
Teaser for modern Scout electric SUV and pickup
“The company we will establish this year will be a separate unit and brand within the Volkswagen Group to be managed independently," Arno Antlitz, VW Group's CFO, said in a statement. "This aligns with the new group steering model: small units that act agilely and have access to our tech platforms to leverage synergies.”
Don't get too excited just yet, though. The first modern Scout isn't due until 2026. However, a prototype will be unveiled as soon as next year.
VW has been teasing the idea of selling a pickup truck in the U.S. for years and only in April the brand's local chief, Scott Koegh, said that an electric pickup truck could be a boon for the brand. There have also been reports of VW launching a reborn VW Thing as an EV. All of the expressive models are part of a wider strategy to launch more emotive EVs. Stay tuned.