The eighth-generation Volkswagen Golf will soon get an update. Between late 2023 and early 2024, the iconic German hatchback will receive a significant redesign. This will possibly be the final revision before the model becomes an EV.

Spy shots show that development vehicles are now testing in Europe. Our artists used those images as a guide to create this rendering of how the updated Golf could look.

What Will It Look Like?

Gallery: Volkswagen Golf Restyling Rendering

Volkswagen is not revolutionizing the Golf's appearance for this refresh. The revisions include slimmer LED headlights with illuminated strips that stretch toward the vehicle's center. The lower fascia has a smaller grille and body-color inserts on the sides. We also expect VW to introduce new wheel designs and exterior paint colors.

What Kind Of Tech Will It Have?

Volkswagen Golf Facelift (2023) Mule with interior

Volkswagen Golf Refresh Interior Spy Shot

The revised Golf's cabin (above) receives an updated digital instrument cluster and a tall infotainment screen on top of the dashboard that might measure as large as 12 inches. We expect the system to run revised software for tailoring the graphics to the bigger display.

What’s Under The Hood?

The Golf's powertrain lineup will remain quite varied in Europe. The options will include mild-hybrid options making 110 horsepower and 150 hp. There will also be the plug-in hybrid GTE that will possibly receive more power and a revised battery for a longer electric driving range. The diesel choices will include 116-hp, 150-hp, and 200-hp of the 2.0-liter turbodiesel. The turbocharged 2.0-liter will continue to power the sporty GTI and R models, which are the variants available in the United States.

A recent report indicates VW might no longer offer the refreshed Golf with a manual gearbox. It's not clear whether that would apply to the US, too.

How Much Will It Cost?

Like with most vehicle refreshes, we expect the updated Golf to cost slightly more than the current one. The standard model isn't available in the US, which doesn't seem likely to change. Instead, the GTI would likely continue to be the starting point, and it currently starts at $31,625 (after the $1,095 destination fee). The Golf R currently goes for $45,835.

When Will We See It?

The refreshed Golf goes on sale in 2024. However, the public premiere could happen before the end of the year.

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