Tysons, Virginia (May 30, 2023) – Scout Motors Inc. (“Scout Motors”) announced today that Chris Benjamin has joined the company as Chief Design Officer.  With this appointment, Scout Motors accelerates the development of its all-purpose, all-electric truck and SUV, slated for production by the end of 2026.  Benjamin will serve as the steward of the iconic Scout design, overseeing interior and exterior design, concept development, user experience, and overall integration of design and technology in Scout Motors products and experiences.

“Chris’ work is prolific.  For nearly 25 years he’s brought to life vehicles that stand out on the road,” said Scout Motors CEO and President Scott Keogh.  “His thumbprints are all over many of the most beloved off-road vehicles in the market today.  I’m confident that Chris will build on that experience as he defines the next chapter of design for Scout and electric utility vehicles.”

After graduating from Detroit’s College for Creative Studies, Benjamin launched his automotive design career by joining the design team at Mercedes-Benz. In succeeding years, Benjamin pushed design and creativity at BMW, Volvo, and Stellantis, spending time in Europe and America. Most recently, Benjamin led interior design at Stellantis North America, including Jeep, Wagoneer, Chrysler, Dodge, and RAM. 

“I’ve been fortunate in my career to shape many off-road focused products that appeal to a broad range of Americans,” said Benjamin. “Classic Scout vehicles have always exerted a magnetic pull on me. They created the archetype for the modern SUV in the ‘60s and proved that a daily driver could also be a weekend adventurer. My task now is to balance the iconic design language of the past with all of the innovative possibilities that electrification unlocks. With the base of inspiration that Scout offers, what we’re dreaming up will be beyond special.”