The name is old, but the truck will be decidedly modern

WHAT IT IS: A resurrection of the long-dead Scout SUV as an electric vehicle by Volkswagen, which recently acquired the rights to the name. We believe this will be a new standalone brand and not a VW badge. Official teasers indicate that an SUV and a pickup are in development, and we’ve rendered here what we think it might look like for you.

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT: Retro off-road, land, and revival nameplates are hot trends right now, and they’re printing money. Electric vehicles are also rapidly gaining popularity. Combining all of the above into a dedicated brand could be a big move for Volkswagen and give it a genuine entry into the relevant market. International Harvester’s original Scout SUV has been largely forgotten since it was discontinued in 1980, but interest has rebounded somewhat recently with the growing popularity of classic off-road vehicles. Building both an SUV and a pickup will position it well against the established Jeep brand and the nascent Ford Bronco lineup, the latter also developing standalone dealerships and adopting a minimal Ford badge.

PLATFORM AND POWERTRAIN: Although VW already has a two-motor all-wheel-drive electric vehicle platform in production, the company said in a statement that it plans to develop “a new technical platform concept” for its new offerings. “robust”. He didn’t provide further details, but we’re expecting a minimum of two motors, one front and one rear. Three or four engines are possible, but VW executives have expressed a desire to keep the price reasonable. A locking rear differential and long-travel suspension are almost mandatory in a credible Bronco and Wrangler competitor, along with underbody protection. The greatest possible range is also necessary for serious backcountry exploration and the ability to tow and haul gear.