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The Mk7 Volkswagen Golf is set to get a facelift later this year before the arrival of the all-new next-gen Mk8, and here we have a test mule on a mountain pass in Europe. It’s a Golf R in the Variant wagon body.

The Golf is a winning recipe and no one should expect radical changes to it, but there should be visual changes to the headlamps and front bumper shape, which are heavily concealed here. If the previous set of images are to be believed, the refreshed Golf will come with C-shaped headlamp inserts and a full-width lower air intake panel.

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At the back, this mule’s four exhaust pipes mark it out as an R, steel wheels or not. The rear bumper and diffuser panel, while different from the white Golf R hatchback in the pics, appear similar to the current Golf R Variant. Have VW added stickers in the tail lamps to obscure our view of the new graphics?

There should be no changes to the powertrains available, but word is that a digital instrument panel (optional on the Passat) will be available, along with gesture control and an upgraded infotainment system with a larger screen. Between the standard Golf and the R is the GTI, and that hot hatch is expected to sport some styling changes as well, which you can see here.


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