Images of the facelifted Mk7 Volkswagen Golf have surfaced online, courtesy of Autoblog.nl, which appear to show the exterior revisions in standard, Variant wagon and GTI versions – and at a glance, it will take some eagle eyes to spot the changes.

Perhaps the most obvious change is in the headlamps, which is rumoured to be available as a full-LED setup as optional equipment. Other exterior revisions include new wheel designs, different front and rear bumpers, while the regular models will have their exhaust outlets integrated into the rear bumper.

Inside, the facelifted Golf is set to feature a new digital instrument cluster like the one in the B8 Passat, which is expected to be offered as optional equipment. A more advanced infotainment system is also on the cards, said to incorporate gesture control support as seen on the Golf R Touch concept at last year’s Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

Mk7 Golf GTI facelift (left) versus current car (right)

On the GTI, the front bumpers appear to be given deeper and more pronounced intakes, while at the rear it retains the now-familiar twin exhaust outlets, with the rear reflectors positioned above the lowest bumper crease line. In these images, the updated GTI rolls on a mildly restyled version of the five-spoke wheel on the current mk7 GTI; as before, multiple choices of wheels can be expected.

Under the hood, the standard Golf range is expected to replace the current 1.4 TSI petrol and 1.6 TDI diesel engines with new petrol and diesel units, both displacing 1.5 litres. No word on the facelifted GTI, but a revision of the existing 2.0 litre, direct-injection turbocharged petrol four can be expected.