Motor Trend's hired guns captured a singular shot of the next generation Golf, and the lack of camo gives us a small glimpse of what's to come in the next few years.

The exposed rear hatch shows a somewhat redesigned back end, complete with prototype tail lamps and a restyled boot. The lack of a head-on shot doesn't give much away out front, but if the rumors are to be believed, the new Golf will ditch the big mouth bass look in favor of a four-bar front grille, along with an updated headlamp arrangement, complete with LED indicators.

Our friends across the Atlantic will be receiving this newest version at the turn of the decade, while those of us in the States will likely have to wait until 2012 to get the full monty. When it does arrive, expect a carryover of existing powerplants, along with a hybrid version and a BlueMotion diesel.

[Source: Motor Trend via The German Car Blog]