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2026 Scout (by Volkswagen). The name is old, but the truck will be thoroughly modern.

WHAT IS IT: The Volkswagen Group recently acquired the rights to the name and revived the Scout SUV as an electric car. It will not be badged as..

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WHAT IS IT: The Volkswagen Group recently acquired the rights to the name and revived the Scout SUV as an electric car. It will not be badged as Volkswagen, but a brand that is independent. Official teasers suggest that both an SUV as well as a pickup are in development. We've shown you what it might look like here.

WHY IT MATERS: Offroading, overlanding and reviving vintage nameplates are all hot trends right now. They also print money. Popularity is also rising for electric vehicles. Volkswagen could make a strong entry to the market by combining all of these elements into one brand. International Harvester's original Scout SUV has been mostly forgotten since its discontinuation in 1980. However, interest has risen somewhat recently due to the rising popularity of classic off-roaders. It will be able to compete against both the established Jeep brand as well as the emerging Ford Bronco lineup. The latter is developing standalone dealers and using minimal Ford branding.

PLATFORM and POWERTRAIN: While VW has an all-wheel-drive, two-motor EV platform in production already, the company stated in a press release that it is developing a "new technical platform concept" to support its "rugged" products. We expect at least two motors, one in each the front and one in each the rear. Although it is possible to have three or four motors, VW executives stated that they want to keep the cost down. In a reliable Bronco or Wrangler competitor, a locking rear differential and long travel suspension are essential. For serious backcountry exploration, as well as the ability to haul and tow gear, you need to have as much range possible.

ESTIMATED PRICES: $40,000

EXPECTED ONSALE DATE:2026