Volkswagen is popping Worldwide Harvester’s long-dormant Scout nameplate into a standalone brand to construct body-on-frame off-roaders, but it surely’s not the primary time the corporate has experimented with the thought of creating a rugged SUV. It launched a Jeep CJ-like mannequin called Iltis (Kind 183 internally) in 1978, and it launched a sketch of an enormous, Amarok truck-based household hauler that by no means left its design division.
Albert Kirzinger, the top of design for Volkswagen’s Industrial Automobiles division, published the sketch on his LinkedIn web page. He defined that the analysis section took his workforce “on an off-road journey” and that the SUV was one of many concepts that emerged from it. Tall and decked out with off-roading gear, together with a roof rack and a snorkel-type air consumption system, the mannequin virtually reminds us of a Nissan Xterra.
It would not sound just like the off-roader made it off the drafting board, so technical particulars seemingly weren’t finalized. It is based mostly on the Amarok, a pickup offered in quite a few international markets however that has by no means been accessible in the USA, but it shares no styling cues with the first- or second-generation variations of the truck. It will get a tall entrance finish with “AMAROK” on the hood, skinny LED lights, and a grille with honeycomb-shaped inserts. There is a step within the belt line that seemingly integrates the rear door handles and marker lights on the wheel arches.
On our shores, this might have been Volkswagen’s reply to the Toyota 4Runner, although we’re guessing the off-roader would not have ended up in American showrooms had it obtained the proverbial inexperienced gentle for manufacturing. Globally, it could have competed instantly towards the Ford Everest (a Ranger-based SUV offered in a number of abroad markets, together with Australia), the Hilux-based Toyota Fortuner, and the D-Max-based Isuzu MU-X, amongst different fashions. It will be a really cool addition to the Volkswagen vary, however nothing suggests it is taking place.