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2017 Volkswagen Golf facelift images leaked

By Jez Spinks, 10 Nov 2016 News

2017 Volkswagen Golf facelift images leaked

An Italian car magazine has obtained leaked images of the updated Volkswagen Golf due to be unveiled officially later tonight in advance of its 2017 release.

Pictures of the facelifted Volkswagen Golf 7 have been published a day before its official launch by Italian magazine Quattroruote, which seems to have since deleted them.

The low-quality images meet expectations of the first major update since VW’s seventh-generation hatchback went on sale in 2014, with changes based around subtle exterior and interior tweaks.

There’s a revised front bumper, with the most noticeable change for the flagship Volkswagen Golf R – which now features a reverse-shaped air dam and reworked side intakes featuring C-shaped LED lights.

Volkswagen -Golf -frontThe GTI and R also highlight a new LED headlight arrangement, which includes a switch from U- to C-shaped main LED beams.

A change for the LED tail-lights is subtler, with barely anything else of note for the rear end.

More intriguing is a bright-yellow Golf featuring large, stylish alloy wheels, a sporty front bumper, and a black diffuser-style rear bumper. It’s unknown at this stage whether this is a new-look GT, an R-Line edition, or even a new, mid-range model.

The interior pictures show a Golf with the 12.5-inch HD virtual cockpit that will be borrowed by the Passat and give buyers a digital display option over the standard analogue dials.

And central on the dash is a top-spec, high-resolution infotainment display, expected to feature the gesture control capability first hinted at by last year’s Golf R Touch concept.

The Golf is also tipped to gain the Passat’s low-speed semi-autonomous-driving system, called Traffic Jam Assist, as an option.

Volkswagen -Golf -side -drivingLimited changes are likely under the bonnet, particularly as new 1.5-litre turbo petrol and diesel units have reportedly been delayed by the ‘dieselgate’ affair.

Instead, speculation points to the recently introduced 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo becoming more prominent in the range, while there could be tickle-ups for the 1.4-litre turbos used in regular versions of the Golf sold in Australia, as well as the GTI and R performance models.

The update will carry Europe’s best-selling car towards the Mark 8 generation due in 2019.