In the 1960s, the “Scout” was an alternative to the Jeep, Ford Bronco or Chevrolet Blazer in the USA. Now the brand could possibly come back, as an electric all-wheel drive brand under Volkswagen direction.

It would be a sensation: Volkswagen may be working on the return of the Scout models that disappeared from the market in the 1980s. That was the name of the off-road and flatbed vehicles developed and manufactured under the International Harvester brand, which were considered to be extremely robust and today enjoy a growing community of enthusiasts.

At the time, this technical basis was good enough to be used by the Swiss coachbuilders Felber and Monteverdi as the basis for high-priced luxury off-roaders. With the large Travelall, International also offered a forerunner of the current luxury class SUV for sale. The rumors are fueled by sketches that Group design boss Klaus Zyciora shows on his Instagram account. The Scout brand could position the Wolfsburg-based group with sophisticated products and electrification in direct competition with the GMC Hummer EV and an upcoming Mercedes-Benz EQG. The market launch should then take place in the USA. (aum/jm)

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