VW Announces Off-road Electric Scout Spinoff to Take on Jeep, Rivian


VW Announces Off-road Electric Scout Spinoff

Volkswagen shocked the automotive world today when it announced plans to bring a new-age, electrified International Scout SUV and trucklet to market by 2026.

News of the new VW spin-off brand comes hot on the heels of rumors that Ford– who makes the 60s-inspired Bronco and all-electric Ford F-150 Lightning– would be collaborating with Volkswagen on a new, compact electric truck, and seems to indicate that the branded Scout off-roader will (like the Bronco) be aimed squarely at the Jeep Wrangler.

Perhaps more interesting, though, is the design sketch released by Volkswagen yesterday, which hinted that the upcoming electric truck would look a lot like the Rivian R1T. Like, a lot. See for yourself.


Volkswagen Scout Teaser


It’s almost impossible to believe that the similarity is a coincidence, and VW’s electric vehicle marriage to Ford in Europe and China now seems like a plausible enough reason for the Blue Oval brand to begin to distance itself from Rivian, even separate from the billions Ford lost gambling on Rivian.

Happy wife, happy life– you know?

It’s hard to glean too much information from the light teaser sketch VW released, above– so we won’t try. Instead, we’re going to share some pictures of another reborn electric Scout concept shown off on THE VANGUARD and just suggest that this would be something we might like to see come from VW when the new SUV comes to market. Check it out for yourself, then lets us know what you think in the comments section at the bottom of the page.


THE VANGUARD Scout Concept




13 Responses

  1. Why not build a usefull vehicle for Farmers and hunters that can take a one tonne load. The market exists. Electric vehicles is ideal for farmers as they rearly travel more than 400 km per day and weight does not matter. Have a look at Toyotas Land Cruiser. Its been around for 50 years and sales still outstrip production. Im not too enthusiastic about the Ford VW marrige.

    1. Great points. Solectrac and Monarch tractor are working on EV tractors, as is Polaris (in the UTV space, at least). The weight of the batteries actually HELPS in ag, and the long run costs are far below diesel.

  2. Not much to say about whatever Ford/VW is doing but those concept renders for the Vanguard Scout Concept are killer. Somebody build THAT!

  3. Why don’t vw not make the Tri-ton ( Transporter) truck…… electric…
    It doesn’t have a lot of futures and looks good also…
    I’ll be happy to test it for you.

  4. The thing with all great ideas is that they look awesome on paper but by the time it hits the showroom, it won’t look ANYTHING like the design pics. It’ll be a staid, overweight, round and bulbous blob like the new defender.

    The Ford/VW aliance is also terrible… It’ll be made from plastic, gum, plastic, hopes+dreams…

    1. Sounds like some old-school thinking. The Taycan looks a lot like the Mission E, the IONIQ 5 is almost identical to the concept, and even the IONIQ 6 looks a lot like the Prophecy. Even the Mercedes EQS looks like the last round of concepts– I think great comment, about 10 years too late.

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