VW Plans to Bring Back '70s-Era Scout SUV as EV
May 12, 2022—Volkswagen is working to bring back the Scout SUV as an EV in the U.S.
According to a report from CNBC, VW is currently planning to launch both a Scout-branded electric SUV and electric pickup. The automaker's supervisory board approved the plan per a press release.
“After Volkswagen’s successful turnaround in the U.S., we are now taking the opportunity to further strengthen our position in one of the most significant growth markets for EVs," VW CEO Herbert Diess said in the release. "Electrification provides a historic opportunity to 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.”
The Scout was initially developed in the 1960s by Navistar International Corporation, which at the time was doing business as International Harvester. The company was merged with Traton Group, which is owned by Volkswagen, in 2021.
The CNBC report, citing two sources quoted by Reuters, says the automaker is planning to invest just under $105.5 million into the new brand.