Volkswagen's rugged Scout brand is making substantial progress in its mission to unveil electric pickup and SUV models in the third quarter of 2022. According to Scout CEO Scott Keogh, the designs are currently 85-95% complete, with prototypes expected to hit the streets in the coming months.
Keogh emphasized that the brand remains on schedule for the debut of its first electric truck and SUV, with design aspects such as proportions and exterior aesthetics largely finalized. The brand enlisted the expertise of former Stellantis designer Chris Benjamin to lead the design efforts, known for his work on popular off-road vehicles.
Contrary to VW's usual practice of adapting European models for the U.S. market, Scout's EVs are being specifically designed for the American market. Keogh clarified that the platform is entirely unique, dispelling rumors of a modified version of Volkswagen's MEB platform.
The initial focus for Scout will be on launching a “large B SUV” followed by a full-size electric pickup, targeting the two most lucrative segments in the U.S. market. The brand plans to begin construction of its SC assembly plant in early 2024, aiming for an annual production capacity of 200,000 EVs once operational in 2026.
Scout, renowned for building early competitors to Jeep, was acquired by VW in 2021 with plans to revive the brand as an all-electric offering. Keogh highlighted positive responses from clinics held in California, Dallas, and Denver, showcasing “proportion models” and interior designs.
Addressing recent reports, Keogh clarified that Scout's partnership with Magna Steyr is primarily an engineering collaboration to ensure timely market delivery and affirmed that Magna would not be involved in the production of Scout EVs. The Scout engineering teams, led by Burkhardt Hunke, consist of talent from Tesla, Rivian, Audi, Porsche, and VW.