Remember the tough old IH Scout? It’s coming back in ‘26 as a New EV! But WTH, it’s a VW???!!!)


Officious Intermeddler
An Interesting addition to the competition in off road capable EV rigs is coming (maybe/hopefully) to North America in a coupla years. It’s rumored that a resurgent Scout badged branded pickup and SUV will be built and sold here, constructed in its own separate (not joint project) factories.

It seems a bit sacrilegious to me to plunk the revered Scout name on a V Dub product, but hey, in the anything goes,Wild West world of EV vehicle development, the end just might justify the means here.

One might hope that this brand revival would honor the old IH’s by coming with some kind of old school roof that's partially removable and convertible. The new head honcho for this project reportedly attended a big meet up this past summer of Scout owners, to talk with them in an attempt to better grok what they wanted from a new re-launch of the boxy rigs and that roof option was, IIRC, one of the bigger “hell yeahs”!

Read on below for more. And afterwards, if you think this EV will become a successful competitor, and also think it’s maybe a good place to park you spare change, you might want to look out for it showing up in the not too distant future as separate listing on one of our stock exchanges.

Scout to Return in 2026 as VW's EV Off-Road Brand
Caleb Miller
scout concept front end teased

  • Volkswagen will join the electric off-road market by creating a new company with the long-defunct Scout nameplate, once used by International Harvester.
  • The Scout brand will begin production in 2026, with an electric pickup truck and SUV duo.
  • Prototypes will be revealed next year, and the vehicles will be based on a new platform and designed specifically for the U.S. market.
UPDATE 11/14/2022: Scout today released a new image (shown above) teasing the front-end design of its upcoming electric off-road models. The brand also announced that its website is now live, and it features a forum for Scout owners and fans as well as details about the company's direction.

Volkswagen is entering the electric off-roader scene, and in doing so will revive a legendary nameplate: the Scout. Made famous by truck and tractor maker International Harvester in the 1960s and 1970s, the Scout moniker will return on anelectric SUV and pickup truck designed for the American market, with production planned for 2026.

volkswagen scout revival


The Scout name will be bestowed upon a new company under the Volkswagen Group umbrella, which will be established this year with the first prototypes unveiled in 2023. Along with the announcement, Volkswagen provided sketches of a rugged, boxy SUV and pickup truck duo, with an upturned window line that recalls the rear glass from the ‘60s original. VW says the new Scouts will be based on a new EV platform, and more details will presumably arrive next year when the sketches come to life.

1978 international scout ii

The 1978 International Scout II family.

The return of the Scout name had been rumored recently in a report from the Wall Street Journal, which hints at other details of the Scout’s rebirth. According to the report, VW is aiming to ultimately end up selling 250,000 Scout-branded vehicles per year in America. Volkswagen came by the Scout moniker when its Traton truck division took control of Navistar International, the descendant of International Harvester, in 2020.

…By the time the Scout duo arrive, the electric off-roader space will be fairly crowded, with the current players—the GMC Hummer EV and Rivian R1T—set to be joined by an electric Jeep Wrangler and others.”
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Disappointed that another US name brand ultimately belongs to some European company. That includes Jeep.

At least Chevy will have the Silverado z71/trail Boss in electric, butthe electric Silvy is really an Avalanche and a lot of older accessories won't fit


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The EV platform will definitely bring back classics given the lack of massive cost and complexity of emissions and power plants becomes the more simple part of the vehicle design. Plus crash survivability is easier to engineer into a skate board platform. Toss any body you want on top.


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VW got the rights to the Scout name when Navistar became a part of the VW group back in 2021. I don't disagree that it's unfortunate when classic U.S. nameplates come under foreign ownership, but without Navistar merging with TRATON to become part of the VW group, the Scout nameplate would've probably never come back. When European automakers aim to be full-line automakers, they mean FULL line - right up through class 8. Domestic automakers have little, if any, interest in the heavy truck market, having largely abandoned it decades ago.

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