• Jun 29, 2007
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]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      this is real. trust me. i know what im talking about. all of you are ignorant and arrogant to talk about things you have no idea about.

      this is the back end of the next golf. the whole car is nothing but a large facelift of the current one. all body panels are different but the cabin and the frame are the same. it looks a lot better then the current one, except for the tail lights.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Most...unconvincing...fake...spy shot...ever!
      • 7 Years Ago
      When will VW wake up to the fact that keeping the US 2 years behind Europe is idiocy? What other European name plates have found this to be an effective strategy? Continuing to produce previous generations may make perfect sense in third world countries but in the most competitive market in the world? There can be only 2 explainations:

      1. VW is run by total morons.
      2. VW has given up on ever being completive in the US yet wish to continue to fly the flag but only at the lowest cost.

      If any individuals responsible for the previous foray in US manufacture (Westmoreland PA) are still in power I suggest it is option #1.
        • 7 Years Ago
        3) VW doesn't think Americans will pay the premium for small cars / hatchbacks.

        Ford does the same with the focus. Americans only buy small cars when they are cheap. If you want a nicer hatchback, you can buy an A3.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Maybe VW will carve some weight off the heifer.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yea thats a photoshop...and ? the hell is on the front wheel of this uglified mazda 3
      • 7 Years Ago
      This is something that only Clarkson would waste his breath complaining about, but I have to say it...those Passat door handles look hideous.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks terribly like the european Golf Plus.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I was all set to get a Golf...errr..Rabbit, 2 years before we finally got the current version in the US. Blew it off for an outback. At least we get the wagon version while it's new, so I may be back on a vw lot in a few years for a wagon diesel with 4motion (right, I know they'll never hook us up with that)
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks like they took the door handles from the Passat.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Surely, you didn't mean to post a picture of a Mazda3?

      Does everything have to look the same?
        • 7 Years Ago
        I'm quite sick of every Mazda3 fan claiming that EVERY new small vehicle looks like a Mazda3 these days. Seriously.
        TomH
        • 7 Years Ago
        You do have to admit though, that rear end treatment looks an awful lot like the @$$ end of a Mazda3 5 door.

        Like they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Doesn't anyone notice that's a clear photoshop job? Maybe they just dropped the car on a different background to protect the original location of the shoot but boy does that look like a bd p-shop job. The fake shadow, the obvious cut-out marks around the windshield.
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