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A Volkswagen Presentation Gives A Hint Of What Could Be The New Scout Off-Roaders

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Although Volkswagen’s revival of the historic Scout brand may still be years out, the company might have already given us a glance at the rough outline of future models thanks to an image initially spied by the eagle-eyed Zerin D on Twitter. For a thumbnail to make the North American region part of Volkswagen’s Capital Markets Day presentation pop, Volkswagen Group decided to use a low-res picture of some intriguingly boxy vehicles. Oh, and when I say low-res, I mean low-res — if I had a dollar for every pixel in this photo, I’d have seven cents. However, this might be our best look yet at the upcoming Scout pickup truck and SUV, so let’s dive in.

Scout Floating Pillar

Vidframe Min Top
Vidframe Min Bottom

Some quick background: Volkswagen is planning to sell a line of off-road vehicles branded “Scout” just like the old Internationals of yore. It’s smart, as off-roaders are hot, and the Scout brand is cool.

Unsurprisingly, what VW’s presentation shows is a crew cab short bed pickup truck with Rivian-like proportions (the world loves crew-cabs these days). A very blunt fascia, well-defined beltline, and squared-off silhouette give it rugged vibes, and seem to track well with early teasers. One element not seen previously is the floating C-pillar treatment, a popular way for designers to hide bulk. It’s possible that the Scout pickup truck might not feature a separate cab and bed, in which case a significant C-pillar may be necessary for structural rigidity.

It’s pleasing to see round arches since wheels are round, but there’s a lot going on with the front fascia that we need to unpack. There’s a single-frame upper element completely devoid of detail yet unmistakably reminiscent of old International Harvester Scout 80 SUVs. Interestingly, there’s also a lightly-colored trim piece on the corner of the front bumper, complemented by lightly-colored sill garnish. While it’s difficult to tell if this is body-color or brightwork, it certainly doesn’t look to be unpainted black plastic.

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Scout Old Teasers

We can see a little bit less of the SUV, which may be intentional, given the recent surge in off-road SUV popularity. The Ford Bronco is back, customers want Toyota 4Runners, so it doesn’t seem farfetched that Volkswagen Group might want to keep this SUV a bit more closely-guarded. That being said, we can still see enough of it to glean some key details.

First, there’s the unusual greenhouse arrangement. While the B-pillar on the pickup truck is black, the B-pillar on the SUV is body color and relatively prominent. It’s part of a very different greenhouse than what we’ve seen in earlier teasers, perhaps prioritizing function. Above the greenhouse sit sturdy black roof rails, perfect for lashing down the sort of go-anywhere flotsam and jetsam adventurers might carry with them.

Scout B-Pillar

Secondly, it looks like the SUV may have a pretty decent approach angle, owing to a short front overhang. While not nearly as blunt as the overhang in earlier teasers, it offers solid hope of proper off-road capability. Combine that with plenty of unpainted plastic on the lower fascia, and this SUV looks like it could take a proper licking off-road.

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While there’s still lots to be seen regarding Volkswagen’s Scout revival, it shouldn’t be terribly long before we start seeing more. With a targeted on-sale date in 2026, it’s likely that we may see more concrete information on the incoming Scout SUV and pickup truck next year. Color me intrigued by things to come.

(Photo credits: Volkswagen Group)

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Chris D
Chris D
11 months ago

First impression: easy to not like it. The proportions are way off, and it looks rather awkward.
Maybe it will get better with time. VW is usually good at making good-looking vehicles (kind of their singular strong point), but apparently not in this case.

Greg
Greg
11 months ago

electric car design is so lazy. “Just make some roundish blob, they will go crazy! Maybe we should start mentioning AI”

Not attractive, won’t be reasonably priced and not interested.

“Why did this fail?!” – Coming soon to a car site near you.

Iain Tunmore
Iain Tunmore
11 months ago
Reply to  Greg
Mr Sarcastic
Mr Sarcastic
11 months ago

This aint VWs area of expertise. Figure expensive failure or middle range failure but slapping a Scout badge on what looks like a piss poor 90s pickup is no sale

rctothefuture
rctothefuture
11 months ago

As long as they bring back the old Scout interiors from the 70’s, I’ll be in line to buy one.

Lokki
Lokki
11 months ago

Yawn.

So Volkswagen bought the name Scout. So F’n what?

The percentage of International Harvester Scout DNA in that vehicle is exactly the same percentage of Mona Lisa’s DNA in my cat.

Rust Buckets
Rust Buckets
11 months ago

“Reviving the legendary 4×4 offroader, the International Scout!”

Electric, four door only, hardtop only, probably $90k, will never touch even a gravel driveway.

There’s a serious opportunity here to steal the Bronco and Wrangler’s thunder, and they’re going after the new Defender? The one that everybody forgot about 43 minutes after it launched? Not the Bronco that continues to sell like hotcakes, including to serious offroading folks?

Trust Doesn't Rust
Trust Doesn't Rust
11 months ago

German marketing folks leak the design of a vehicle with American roots:

“I know NOTHing! I see NOTHing!”

Robot Turds
Robot Turds
11 months ago

They look like Rivians.

Chronometric
Chronometric
11 months ago
Reply to  Robot Turds

A few years ago, Rivian could have bought VW. Now maybe Volkswagen is planning to pick up some new model lines on the cheap.

Anders
Anders
11 months ago

Designing the new Scout gotta be the easiest job in the design industry.

Brandon Forbes
Brandon Forbes
11 months ago
Reply to  Anders

Porsche would beg to differ.

Anders
Anders
11 months ago
Reply to  Brandon Forbes

Well, they’re basically the same company, so there you go!

Brandon Forbes
Brandon Forbes
11 months ago
Reply to  Anders

Fair point. Underworked “designers” aka plagiarizers given extra roles perhaps?

Man With A Reliable Jeep
Man With A Reliable Jeep
11 months ago

All derivative design aside, I like the silhouettes that I’m seeing.

Arch Duke Maxyenko
Arch Duke Maxyenko
11 months ago

Can the “Floating Roof” design trend please finally die?

TexianRebel
TexianRebel
11 months ago

Looks like VW copied Rivian’s homework.

MATTinMKE
MATTinMKE
11 months ago
Reply to  TexianRebel

Beat me to it.

Shooting Brake
Shooting Brake
11 months ago
Reply to  TexianRebel

It sure does!! ┗(・ω・;)┛

Austin Vail
Austin Vail
11 months ago
Reply to  TexianRebel

Yeah, what were they thinking? They should’ve copied the Ford Bronco’s homework to stay truer to the original!

(yes I’m aware the original Bronco was copying the Scout, before anyone brings that up)

It also looks like they’re copying the GMC HUMMER’s homework with the grille for some reason, when the original Scout already has an iconic grille design that would work well on this…

Canopysaurus
Canopysaurus
11 months ago

I’ll continue to watch this truck with interest, but that interest is dwindling with each revelation.

Chronometric
Chronometric
11 months ago
Reply to  Canopysaurus

A VW truck will have the same 10 year gestation period as the Microbus.

Parsko
Parsko
11 months ago

Sweet Bronco!

Pat Rich
Pat Rich
11 months ago

I’m not sure excited for these. If I remember these are likely to be EV only, and will end up as high dollar fashion statements and not the charming rough around the edges off-roaders they were known for. Not that they should make them as poorly as International did, but these are going to be more ID Buzz than Vanagon. More rivian and less 4runner.

Brandon Forbes
Brandon Forbes
11 months ago
Reply to  Pat Rich

I don’t see why it can’t be both, maybe not the rough around the edges part, but I am seeing it as a Land Rover type competitor just all EV. Stylish, but still quite capable and with good performance off road (though it will rarely be used there). They’ll certainly not be cheap, but nor is a 4runner these days. And truth be told, the majority of 4runners rarely see any unpaved roads these days either.

Pat Rich
Pat Rich
11 months ago
Reply to  Brandon Forbes

It is totally going to be a Land Rover competitor, which will not be anything other than another fancy SUV for the fashion conscious who aren’t concerned about payments. Even L663 Defenders are mostly sold as a fashion accessory over a functional tool.

Brandon Forbes
Brandon Forbes
11 months ago
Reply to  Pat Rich

I would say the 4runner is mostly in that category too though that’s my point. I know 5 people with them currently, and only one ever goes off road.

Drew
Drew
11 months ago
Reply to  Brandon Forbes

My parents have a TRD 4Runner and the salesperson started to show them the offroad drive modes, stopped, and said they wouldn’t use them. And that was 100% correct.

Pat Rich
Pat Rich
11 months ago
Reply to  Brandon Forbes

It’s not that they won’t be off-roaded, its that they will be premium offerings. A 4runner TRD Off-Road can had for around 45k. These are going to start well above that. My guess is something like 60 to start.

Brandon Forbes
Brandon Forbes
11 months ago
Reply to  Pat Rich

Maybe in theory, cheapest new 4runner near me starts at $49k, and there’s literally one SR5 at that price. Everything else is $50k+, going up to $60k. Yes an EV will start higher than the $50k, but all EVs are more expensive than a comparable gas equivalent still. I wouldn’t say that makes them premium necessarily, batteries are still expensive

Pat Rich
Pat Rich
11 months ago
Reply to  Brandon Forbes

I see it exactly how you see it – Land Rover Defender versus 4Runner. They are just going to be different buyers. I guess Im just not excited about another full luxury super expensive SUV/Truck.

Brandon Forbes
Brandon Forbes
11 months ago
Reply to  Pat Rich

Yeah. I am not excited for hardly any new cars honestly. They are all too expensive and bland. I am too cheap and like weird stuff too much for any of this stuff. The Volvo EX30, and the new Prius Prime are the only new cars I have actually considered in some time. But let’s be honest, I would still rather find myself a first gen rav4 convertible!

Ranwhenparked
Ranwhenparked
11 months ago
Reply to  Brandon Forbes

Yeah, most people that drive off road due it with modified 10-15 year old used trucks. The new Scout’s second or third owners might appreciate and utilize its offroad capabilities (assuming the battery holds up), but it has to sell to a first owner to use as a commuter and mall crawler first

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