It appears that Volkswagen plans to revive the “Scout” name as a sub-brand of electric vehicles with an off-road appeal. The information is from the Wall Street Journal, which was heard from anonymous sources.
This sub-brand would have some autonomy within the VW Group, with its own management team, and would initially sell two models: trucks and SUVs.
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They will be built on a single electric, skateboard-type platform, in which a set of motors and batteries are placed in what would be a car chassis, allowing the use of different types of bodywork.
In addition, the SUV will be similar in size to the Volkswagen Atlas and the van may be larger than the Amarok. They are completely designed with off-road in mind, with many features similar to the Rivian R1T and R1S.
According to the Wall Street Journal, VW plans to invest US$1 billion (R$5 billion) in this project. However, Reuters says that the initial investment would be 100 million euros (R$ 500 million). According to reports, this investment comes from external sources and an IPO is in the works.
This launch of the Scout brand, may be related to the construction of a new factory in the United States, so it would prove a big investment. Given these factors, it is a risky gamble for VW. But, if successful, the brand would gain a foothold in one of the largest and most profitable segments of the North American market.
If the source is correct, Volkswagen management will decide today May 11, 2022 if the brand will see the light of day or not, its production should start around 2026 and the company intends to sell around 250,000 cars per year. .
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At the moment, nothing is official. But Volkswagen Group’s head of design Klaus Zyciora posted two sketches showing the square silhouette of the four-door Scout SUV and pickup truck on his Instagram.
The post has since been removed but screenshots are circulating on social media and show an interesting caption: “…bringing real images back to life is hard work and a great honor. Scouting is about to begin.”