Volkswagen set to launch Scout off-road electric car sub-brand
Volkswagen is planning to strengthen its footing in the US with the launch of Scout: a new brand dedicated to electric off-road vehicles and pick-up trucks, TechCrunch reports. Sources indicate that two vehicles are in the pipeline for the brand, both of which aim to tap into North America’s lucrative electric off-roader market.
The sector is currently dominated by Ford, GM and Rivian, with Hummer also relaunching with an electric pick-up truck and SUV. According to TechCrunch’s sources, Scout’s offerings will sit at the more affordable end of the scale, with an all-terrain SUV that could be priced at around $40,000. This will be joined by a pick-up truck that sits in the class below the full-sized Ford F-150 Lightning and Chevrolet Silverado EV.
Notably, these vehicles aren’t tipped to use Volkswagen’s tried and tested MEB electric architecture, and will instead adopt a purpose-built platform for off-road EVs. Renderings shared with TechCrunch from an unnamed source indicate how the two newcomers could look, with both adopting 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’s extended load bay.
The new vehicles are said to be arriving by 2026, and Volkswagen will initially pledge $100 million 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 territories isn’t out of the question.
Now click here to read our review of the Volkswagen ID.5 GTX…
New Mercedes-AMG One hypercar will be built in Coventry
Production of the Mercedes-AMG One – Merc’s hugely complex F1 engine-powered car [..]
New 2022 Alfa Romeo Tonale SUV: UK prices and specs revealed
The new Alfa Romeo Tonale is now on sale in the UK, [..]
New Kia XCeed facelift gets £22,995 price tag
The Kia’s XCeed crossover has been facelifted for 2022 bringing a fresher [..]
‘Rodin and Moke are set to shake up the car industry’
Car company bosses come in all shapes and sizes. Elon Musk is [..]
Porsche Taycan sets new Nurburgring electric production car record
Porsche has won countless races around the Nurburgring in its history, and [..]
Sporty Hyundai Ioniq 5 N spotted testing
The Ioniq 5, our Car of the Year in 2021, is set [..]
All-electric Mercedes A-Class replacement could still be on
The A-Class was the fourth best-selling vehicle in Britain last year and [..]
New 2022 Porsche GT4 RS Spyder spotted again
Porsche’s track-honed GT4 RS is set to receive a drop-top Spyder variant [..]