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2026 Volkswagen Scout Truck: Model Info & Release Date

Sarah Willis
Contributing Writer - May 19, 2022

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Recently, Volkswagen made a big, unexpected announcement. The automaker is going to be reviving the Scout brand name in order to launch a new sub-brand that focuses on electric off-road vehicles. Having ended production in 1980, this refreshed nameplate is coming back as an independent unit that will be managed separately from Volkswagen, but will have access to its technology and help give VW a footing in the EV segment. Scout is set to begin its new lineup with two, new, all-electric vehicles: an SUV and a pickup truck.

Not much is currently known about either the pickup truck or the SUV. The sketch for the truck shows a somewhat boxy shape that looks as though it will have four doors given how long the cabin is. We know it’s supposed to be for off-roading, so it’s likely that VW will try to give it a more rugged look during production. It’s also rumored that the pickup will be around the same size as the Ford Ranger, but we won’t know that for sure until the unveiling. We know nothing about the interior or tech that this vehicle will come with at the moment.

One thing we do know is that both of these upcoming vehicles, as well as all the vehicles under the Scout name, are going to be electric. What kind of battery they will be using isn’t clear, but they are expected to be built on a new technical platform concept that is rumored to be skateboard-like and should bring VW some credibility in the EV segment.

Both the Scout pickup and SUV are going to be designed, engineered, and produced in America. Though we aren’t sure which plant they will be manufactured at, we do know that the start of production is scheduled for 2026, with the first prototypes to be unveiled next year.

Volkswagen hasn’t mentioned how much the new Scout truck will cost, so it’s difficult to pinpoint exactly which vehicles would be the main competitors, but other electric trucks that could compete with it include the Rivian R1T, Ford F-150 Lightning, Chevrolet Silverado EV, and GMC Hummer EV pickup.

Pictured: Volkswagen Scout Truck Teaser

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