Volkswagen’s design chief says he is currently in the process of reinventing the Volkswagen Scirocco, and claims that an entirely new body style is not out of the question for the upcoming fourth-generation model.

Speaking at the New York auto show following the unveiling of the US-spec Golf Mk7, Volkswagen Group head of design Walter de Silva told CarAdvice it was his desire to revolutionise the next Scirocco, which is due to launch around the middle of the decade.

“It must be completely different. Completely,” de Silva said.

“We don’t want to repeat the body style of the Scirocco, we want to change that.”

The lead stylist admitted the new Volkswagen Scirocco was still in the design phase, and said that – while confirmed for production – few specifics of the car had been signed off at this stage.

“At the moment it’s only a studio [project],” he said. “It’s not defined at the moment.

“We are still working … but we are looking 360 degrees.”

De Silva said he was determined to enhance the sportiness of the Volkswagen portfolio with Scirocco – in his words, following the lead of sister brands Audi and Seat.

Despite his desire for change, de Silva refused to give any hints to what form the Scirocco could take if it was to move away from its traditional three-door coupe body style.

Volkswagen launched the original Giorgetto Giugiaro-designed Golf Mk1-based Scirocco (above) in 1974 and followed it up with the second-gen model in 1982. After lying dormant for 16 years, the Scirocco re-emerged in 2008 as a low-slung coupe based on the Golf Mk5 and continues in that form to this day.

While available overseas with a full range of petrol and diesel powerplants, Australia – which received the car belatedly in 2011 – gets only the high-performance Scirocco R variant that is priced from $47,990.

Volkswagen Australia has previously said it has no plans to expand its Scirocco line-up in the model’s current lifecycle, but will consider all options when the new model arrives in the coming years.

  • horsie

    The only good looking VW and they want to change it. 
    Hint, if you want to change something, for the love of god change the Golf !!

    • The Real Wile E

      Hear hear!

    • Deutsch

      Exactly. This is one of the only good looking VW cars, in a more”adventurous” colour range than any of their other boring, bland and banal vehicles. Line up the last 10 years of Golf and the only difference are headlights and tail-lights at a brief look. VW are too safe, too boring and need to live a little. They are the boring relative, the person who eats the same thing every day and is happy being average and mediocre!!

      • Robin_Graves

        They are also like the constantly sick relative who is in hospital all the time.

    • TheRealThomas

      It doesn’t look like all the other VW’s that is the problem.  VW has seen how successful Toyota has been with their brand blandness and would like to mimic it.

      • Err

        Well VW’s got the bland down pat. Just waiting fr the other shoe to drop.

    • LeStori

       VW did not change the essential shape of the Golf’s predecessor for 65 years. The last Bettle hit the road in 2003. I am sure the 2 shoebox Golf has a couple of decades yet….

  • Hague

    I actually think this was one of the more disappointing new-car releases in recent years.

    It looks anonymous and a little bland, and the hatch-style body really offers nothing that much more special over a Golf R.

    I think it should have been a coupe, that way it could have differentiate itself from the Golf and Audi A3.

    • Darryl

      Agree, both the Megane and Astra coupes/3drs look better than this. Even the original just looks like a plain old 3dr hatch 39yrs later.

      • pixxxels

        Remember, this is VW we’re talking about. Not exactly a company with a long history of exhilarating design.

        • theillestlife

           golf gti mk1. enough said.

  • bob

    Lets hope one of the changes is rwd!

  • Golfschwein

    There’s also the forgotten Corrado, a Scirocco Mk III by any other name. But I suppose it doesn’t really count. 

    The top photo shows it at one its oddest angles. The original was a beauty from every angle.

    • $29896495

      The Carrado was a very nice looking car. Unfortunately the style that preceded it didn’t carry over to this one. Just a squashed Golf with no flair. They need to give some sporting flair, and a V6 and a hatch.

      • Jan

        Agreed. This Scirocco was too bulbous. Slim it down and it’ll be much better.

  • Dave W

    “To be completely different… but just as boring”

    Admittedly it looks slightly better than Golf… Slightly.

  • Robin_Graves

    Lets hope ‘completely different’ also includes the failure prone drivelines and electrics.

  • LowRezFez

    I wonder if VW are selling any these days given that the 86 and the A Class are on the scene.

    • Check your facts

      Neither the A class or especially the 86 have anything on the Scirocco performance wise so I am sure they are not hurting sales. Very different cars, one of which has similiar straight line performance to a Golf Comfortline and the other of which can match a GTI but certainly not a Scirocco.

      • LowRezFez

        Your logic is sound, but its emotion, not logic… most punters are going to be swayed by price or even better a badge and a low price. As far as I am concerned the Scirocco, along with other VW high priced offerings are going to get hit hard.

  • Zaccy16

    wish i could afford the current scirroco, maybe ill buy the new one!

  • gtrxuone

    The 1974 scirocco was a sharp looking car for its era.Its own unique look would be a lot better than that Porche looking thing there got now.