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.
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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
SOURCE | IMAGES: VW, OFFROADIUM.