We're just hours away from the official unveiling of the 2013 Volkswagen Golf, but several pictures have hit the web ahead of schedule.

We're just hours away from the official unveiling of the 2013 Volkswagen Golf, but several pictures have hit the web ahead of schedule.

Looking instantly recognizable, the model has an evolutionary design that eschews its soft curves for tauter surfaces. The styling gives a sense of déjà vu, but the hatchback has a new front fascia, restyled lighting units and a sloping roofline.

The exterior isn't groundbreaking, but the cabin has been significantly improved with higher quality materials. Notable highlights include a flat-bottom steering wheel, gloss black trim and metallic accents. There's also an upgraded infotainment system and a center stack that is angled towards the driver.

We'll learn powertrain details shortly, but the new EA211 petrol engine family has cylinder deactivation technology and outputs ranging from 60 PS (44 kW / 59 hp) to 150 PS (110 kW / 148 hp). Likewise, the EA288 diesel engine family produces between 90 PS (66 kW / 89 hp) and 190 PS (140 kW / 187 hp).