Styling updates will form the bulk of changes to refreshed model; due to arrive early next year

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf R has been spotted again ahead of its anticipated arrival in the first few months of next year.

The 2017 Volkswagen Golf R has now been revealed

The car’s exterior will receive a few small tweaks, as seen here, including a new front bumper, air intakes and grille.

While the test car is an estate, the same changes can be expected for the facelifted hatchback version.

The absence of any further camouflage confirms no other changes have been made to the body, but previous facelifted cars (shown earlier in the gallery) were seen benchmark testing against a current production R, suggesting the 2017's adjustments could be more than just skin deep.

The current car’s turbocharged four-cylinder engine sends 296bhp to all four wheels, but a growing list of hot hatch rivals, including the 306bhp Honda Civic Type R, may have encouraged Volkswagen’s engineers to extract more power for the facelifted 2017 model.

Inside, Volkswagen’s touchscreen infotainment system will be updated, with some sources suggesting gesture control is top of the list of new features. As with the current car, the system will also be compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Volkswagen has remained tight-lipped about the facelifted Golf R’s launch date, but most sources agree on an early 2017 arrival. Pricing will most likely stay close to that of the current car, which costs from £31,685.

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15 September 2016
As an owner of an ageing Passat estate and new Polo GTI, I'm considering merging cars when the Polo is due to go back.

The Golf R estate has been in my radar for a while now. Hopefully, in about 18mths, it'll be on my drive...

15 September 2016
Hopefully they will give us the option of a manual this time on the estate , that would be my ideal q car .

15 September 2016
I have one, best car I have ever owned. it's a car for all reasons.

16 September 2016
I want the hatch version, love what this gives the driver
Red Devil

5 October 2016
I hope this new car has the 7 spd DSG gearbox and electric turbocharging

TS7

5 October 2016
...seems to have been shelved, at least for the Mk VII Golf.

5 October 2016
Probably exactly the same as the already announced Audi S3. Therefore 310(PS) or 306(Bhp) or exactly the same as the Type R but with much better traction and probably 4.6 to 60 with the DSG.

5 October 2016
MJC1973 wrote:

Probably exactly the same as the already announced Audi S3. Therefore 310(PS) or 306(Bhp) or exactly the same as the Type R but with much better traction and probably 4.8 to 60 with the DSG.

jer

6 October 2016
As afterwards a quick look suggests road tax will be penal. They need to get co2 under 150...

6 October 2016
jer wrote:

As afterwards a quick look suggests road tax will be penal. They need to get co2 under 150...

And legally this time

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