We’ve been hearing about Volkswagen’s Scout brand revival for a while now, and it finally appears we don’t have long to wait for a first look. The automaker recently released a short teaser video, and while details are scarce, the end states that the first model is due this summer.
Scout has shown several teases, giving us small glimpses of an SUV and pickup truck, but there haven’t been any details or actual images of either. The automaker’s YouTube teaser focuses heavily on the attitude of being a “scout,” but it only shows footage of classic off-roaders.
Volkswagen’s ownership of the Scout brand doesn’t mean we’ll see a rebadged Atlas or other crossover. The automaker will have its own off-road-ready platform and get unique powertrain options. VW announced that it would work with Magna Steyr to develop the vehicles, and it’s working on a new factory in South Carolina, which it said would eventually be able to build 200,000 vehicles a year.
The original International Harvester Scouts were built for about two decades before being discontinued in 1980. VW got ahold of the Scout name through an acquisition by its commercial truck division and announced a revival under the Scout Motors name. However, while we’re excited to see the prototype in a few months, production models are not expected until 2026, so there’s almost no chance that we’ll be getting a test drive anytime soon.
[Image: Scout Motors via YouTube]
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