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by Brett Davis

The next-generation Volkswagen Golf will reportedly showcase a sleeker, lower-profile body compared with the current Golf shape we’ve all come to love (or hate). Changes will include a lower roofline, wider track and a more hunkered down driving position.

The Volkswagen Golf Mk7 is currently under development and according to international reports, the new model will step away slightly from the conservative, straight-cut looks and go for a more sporty, drawn-back profile.

Changes to the body and chassis are being made to help give the popular hatchback a more involved driving character and to freshen up the Golf visually. According to Autocar in the UK, the new Golf will feature more strongly raked A-pillars as well as a fatter wheel track (as evident by the spy image test car above, with its pumped out wheel arches. Please note: the test car is fitted with the current bodywork for camouflage purposes).

The changes will help different Golf models be distinguished more easily, from the wagon and high-roof Golf Plus variants, to the new three-door version that will apparently feature an even more sporty look. The three-door will be heading towards the direction of the Vauxhall Astra GTC, although not quite as sporty.

Inside, the Golf Mk7 will also incorporate a new cabin layout with an all-new dashboard and instrument cluster. The centre facia and instrument dials will be more driver-oriented as well, encapsulating the driver in a more cockpit-style environment.

We’ll have to wait and see to know for sure. The next Volkswagen Golf is expected to debut sometime next year. In the meantime, feel free to tell us what you think. Is this a good move by Volkswagen? Would you like a sportier styled Volkswagen Golf? Or should the style remain traditional and conservative?