Launched in 2012, the popular Golf VII range is due for a mid-life refresh next year. And while the update is subtle, especially on the regular Golf, it should see VW’s popular hatch through the next few years until an all-new model arrives.
Obvious changes include a new set of headlights, which is expected to gain full LED inner workings (likely to be optional), a new front and rear bumper, fresh alloy wheel designs and a trapezoidal exhaust tip integrated in the rear bumper of regular models.
Meanwhile, the hot Golf GTI gains a more aggressive front bumper, redesigned LED headlights and a slightly reworked set of alloy wheels.
While no interior images have been leaked, we know Volkswagen will update the instruments with an optional digital cluster similar to the one found in the Passat. Its infotainment screen is also set to receive gesture control, as previewed by the Golf R Touch concept earlier this year.
Engine wise, the facelifted Golf will ditch its 1.4TSI and 1.6 TDI for new 1.5-litre petrol and diesel mills that will be more efficient and lighter than the existing engines.
The 2017 Volkswagen Golf range is expected to be officially unveiled later this year.