Pictures of the new, sixth-generation Volkswagen Golf have leaked onto the internet ahead of its official unveiling.
They show that Volkswagen’s design team has taken an evolutionary approach to restyling the company’s biggest-selling model. The most noticeable changes are Scirocco-style headlamps and tail lights that are strongly reminiscent of the Touareg SUV.
Under the surface we know that the new Golf sticks to the same mechanical package as the outgoing car, and will be offered with much of the same range of petrol and diesel powerplants. Engines will be more fuel efficient, with a super-frugal ‘Bluemotion’ version likely to be offered from launch.
Volkswagen also appears to have taken on board criticism of some of the previous Golf’s cabin materials, with the new car’s interior getting more soft-touch plastics and sharing switchgear and instruments with the Scirocco. Satnav has also been upgraded to VW’s latest touch-screen system.
The Golf has long been Volkswagen’s most successful car, with the current version still topping the European sales charts. That explains the subtle nature of the visual transformation – but will it be enough to persuade buyers that this is an all-new car?