The Scout Returns After Decades

The Scout Returns After Decades - Goats Trail Off-Road Apparel Company

The Legendary International Scout Returns

For off-road enthusiasts and overlanding aficionados, the resurrection of the International Scout is a dream come true. Scout Motors, a subsidiary of Volkswagen, is gearing up to bring this classic nameplate back to life, reimagining the rugged, go-anywhere spirit of the original Scout for the modern era.

The International Scout, first introduced in 1961, quickly became an icon in the off-road world. Its simple, modular design and tough-as-nails construction made it a favorite among outdoor adventurers and utility vehicle fans. 

The Scout II, launched in 1971, further cemented the brand's reputation for durability and versatility. However, production ceased in 1980, leaving a void in the hearts of many enthusiasts – and it’s been decades since we’ve seen a new International Scout hit the market.

Scout Motors Eyes a 2026 Return To Market

Fast forward to 2024, and the excitement can be felt across the industry. Scout Motors CEO Scott Keogh recently broke ground on a new factory in South Carolina, where the company plans to produce hundreds of thousands of electric off-road vehicles.

The 1,600-acre site in Blythewood, South Carolina, is set to become a hub for Scout's revival, with the company investing $2 billion in the project. The factory is expected to generate over 4,000 permanent jobs, providing a boost to the local economy. Vehicle production is slated to kick off in late 2026, ramping up to full-volume production in 2027.

This marks a significant milestone in the rebirth of the Scout brand – rather than completely abandoning its roots, the company is embracing modern technology to create a new and improved Scout for a new generation. 

By starting from scratch with a purpose-built facility, Scout Motors can optimize its production processes for electric vehicles, ensuring that the new Scout models are built to the highest standards of quality and efficiency.

The South Carolina factory is just the beginning of Scout Motors' ambitious plans. The company has already struck a deal with Austria's Magna Steyr, an off-road specialist known for building the Mercedes-Benz G-Class, to help develop its new lineup of electric vehicles. 

Design Philosophy: Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future

While details about the upcoming Scout models are still under wraps, Keogh has hinted at what we can expect. 

The new Scout will retain the boxy, upright stance of its predecessor, avoiding the saturated smooth, aerodynamic shapes of many modern EVs. Tight overhangs, iconic window lines, and a connection to the original C-pillar design will all be present, paying homage to the Scout's rich heritage.

However, Scout Motors isn't just about nostalgia. The company is committed to creating a thoroughly modern vehicle that embraces the latest in electric vehicle technology. Keogh emphasizes that Scout will strike a balance between the mechanical and the digital, with "chunky buttons" and real door handles coexisting with advanced software features.

Aligning with the Off-Road and Overlanding Community

This approach aligns perfectly with the needs and preferences of the off-road and overlanding community. 

While advanced tech can enhance the experience, there's a certain satisfaction in the tactile, mechanical aspects of a vehicle designed for adventure. Scout Motors understands this, and it's clear that they're committed to delivering a product that resonates with their target audience.

The Scout's return also comes at a time when electric vehicles are gaining traction in the off-road space. With instant torque and the ability to precisely control power delivery, EVs have the potential to revolutionize the way we explore the outdoors. 

And with this brand-new offering, Scout Motors is looking to be at the forefront – offering a compelling blend of classic design and cutting-edge technology.

For the team at Goats Trail Apparel, the revival of the Scout is exciting. By honoring the Scout's iconic past while embracing the future of electric mobility, they're poised to make a significant impact in the off-road world. Whether you're a seasoned overlander or a weekend warrior, the prospect of a modern, all-electric Scout is one that has caught our attention.

Are You Going To Add The New Scout To Your Wishlist?

At Goats Trail Apparel, we'll be following the development of the new Scout closely, eagerly awaiting the chance to put it through its paces on the trails. 

As a brand dedicated to serving the off-road and overlanding community, we're thrilled to see a legendary nameplate like the International Scout making a comeback, and we can't wait to see how it inspires and enables the next generation of adventurers. Will you be adding the new Scout to your wishlist? 

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