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The facelifted 2017 Volkswagen Golf R wagon has been spotted again, this time lapping the famed Nurburgring race circuit.

While this black wagon appears to be the same vehicle spotted in the European Alps a fortnight ago, the prototype has had some small modifications since we last saw it.

The most obvious change is the larger alloy wheels, similar in design to the Wolfsburg Edition Golf R hatch and wagon that were on sale from last year.

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Also missing are the sheets covering the front air vents, with the shape of the bumper inserts differing from the model currently on sale.

The headlights are still concealed, though their design shouldn’t be too different from the 2017 Golf GTI that was leaked online in August.

Differing further from the original prototype is the camouflage that adorns the rear, hinting that the updated Golf, in wagon form at least, will sport new tail-lights, tailgate and bumper design.

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It was speculated the facelifted Golf ‘7.5’ range would be revealed at the Paris motor show, however this did not come to be. It’s likely the updated version of the German company’s iconic nameplate will be revealed either later this year or early in 2017.

While the exterior changes are relatively minor, the Golf Mark 7.5 is expected to see some more significant changes on the inside, with new trims and more up-to-date infotainment systems – likely the larger 8.0-inch touchscreen unit seen in the Passat and Tiguan.

It’s unknown, however, if the Golf will see any changes to the engine range, but here’s to hoping the plug-in hybrid (PHEV) Golf GTE variant makes it here.

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For more Volkswagen Golf updates, stay tuned to CarAdvice over the coming months.

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