From our perspective, the reborn Volkswagen Scirocco is a handsome (if squat) little thing. Yet design-wise, it's always struck us as uncomfortably close to the Golf three-door hatchback with which it shares its basic underpinnings. That aesthetic kinship may be part of the reason why Volkswagen has steadfastly refused to import the Scirocco to North America, seeing as how the Golf doesn't regularly set the company's sales charts alight, and it's less expensive.

But that visual similarity might be about to change, says Walter De Silva, who recently told Australia's Car Advice that, "It must be completely different... we don't want to repeat the bodystyle of the Scirocco, we want to change that." Further, the Volkswagen Group's design boss says that the next-generation car isn't terribly far along in development yet – "at the moment, it's only a studio [project]... it's not defined." It's probably just as well, as the new seventh-generation Golf arguably borrows some of its design from the current Scirocco anyway.

So we should expect a much bolder, more differentiated design, right? Well, yes, no and maybe. Back in September, De Silva himself was quoted as saying that the era of flamboyant styling has passed, and that future VW designs will be simpler to better reflect the times and preserve resale value. So... how different could it be?


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      Matt
      • 1 Year Ago
      How about they size it down by putting it on the Polo platform? The old Scirroco\'s were about tiny and light weight.
      FierySolstice
      • 1 Year Ago
      They should make it a true sports coupe to compete with the FRS/BRZ, Camaro, Mustang, and Genesis. That should bring in more customers to VW.
        Snark
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FierySolstice
        Unless it's RWD - which it will not be - it would compete more with the Scion tC and Elantra Coupe. Yawn.
          Carlos Cruz
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Snark
          Yawn sells, the tC is aimed to be one's first new car, most buyers being college student in their late teens or early 20's. This means that they must price the car to start in the 16k range. An entry level sports car is FWD, hell even the GTI which starts around 23k is still FWD. I'm not saying that FWD is a good thing, but be realistic on what you expect from a sub 20k car.
      jasondonogh
      • 1 Year Ago
      Make it resemble a fastback like the MK1 Rocco or Corrado.
      Mr. BaderĀ®
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am driving 2011 vw scirocco and can't wait for the new generation to arrive so I can trade in
      TechnoTvrd
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bleah... Why can't they get the Giugiaro House to get involved again?!? I know I truly miss my old Italdesign Scirocco.
      • 1 Year Ago
      [blocked]
      peteMT
      • 1 Year Ago
      If by having Honda levels of reliability different, then sign me up! Until then, better hope that slick marketing will continue to rope in the idiots before this current batch of cars self destructs.
      AnthonyL
      • 1 Year Ago
      I fixed the title for you: Volkswagen's De Silva says next Scirocco will not be sold in North America.
      carnut0913
      • 1 Year Ago
      yeah, they didnt import it because it would steal GTI sales. Well, why did they bring the bug over? Seriously, if they are worried about cannibalism, Bring over the bug in base and mid-grade, bring the golf in base, mid-grade, and GTI 3-dr and 5-dr, and bring the Scirocco in GTI and RS flavors. Then you are talking about a portfolio mix that could play and never more than 2 flavors
      norm2004
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks more like a Corrado than a Scirocco.
      Shiftright
      • 1 Year Ago
      Always thought this Scirocco looked like a squashed Golf. Not bad, but nothing special either. I owned two MK I Sciroccos and still love and miss them. Bring back something with some Corrado in it.
      Mr. Sled
      • 1 Year Ago
      Do want but will never have. :-(
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