Industry talk has it that the updated Golf will debut during the northern autumn, quite possibly at the Paris motor show, which kicks off at the end of the month. With the seventh-generation Golf nearing its fifth birthday, the timing for a facelift seems to be right.
If you're expecting big external changes with this update, it's probably time to prepare a cup of tea, a Bex, and have a good lie down.
This prototype has its front fascia almost completely obscured by disguise, so it's safe to assume that the Golf will receive an updated grille, modified lower air intakes, and new internals for the headlamp units.
No other disguise is present, but we'd be surprised if Volkswagen isn't also preparing new tail-light graphics as well.
Although the cars pictured here are high performance Golf R models, similar changes are likely being prepared for more affordable variants in the range.
Inside the cabin, there will be the usual raft of trim fiddles and upgrades. The revised Golf may even receive an updated set of infotainment units, possibly with larger screens and added gesture control functionality.
It's unknown at this stage if there will be any changes to the drivetrains offered throughout the Golf range.