2025 VW Golf Facelift shows off its LEDs and illuminated emblem

Volkswagen has released the first official trailer for the facelifted Golf, confirming that its debut will be one of the highlights of 2024. The dark trailer appeared in an official year-end video covering all VW models to be introduced in 2023.

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While we already know the design of the facelifted Golf thanks to spy shots it is the first of the non-camouflaged prototypes trailer coming directly from the source. It reveals the compact hatchback’s revised LED lighting signature, which includes new headlights with graphics inspired by the ID range, an LED strip above the slim grille and an illuminated VW emblem.

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    2025 VW Golf Facelift shows off its LEDs and illuminated emblem

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As shown by our scoop stories and speculative rendering, the visual updates of the VW Golf 2025 will be focused on the nose, while the rest of the body will remain almost unchanged. This applies to both the hatchback and the variant (property) bodystyles that will continue to be offered. The interior gets a larger free-standing infotainment display, improved quality and new tech features in line with the rest of the VW range.

The powertrain options of the current Golf MK8 are expected to be carried over with minor updates and a greater focus on an improved PHEV system. The facelifted range will also include the performance-oriented GTI (petrol), GTD (diesel), GTE (PHEV) and R trims.

While VW Golf recently lost the crown of Europe’s best-selling model, it remains a very important asset for the automaker. The mid-life update will extend the life of the Golf MK8 until the all-electric MK9 based on the new SSP architecture arrives in 2028.

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Back to the “VW Highlights 2023” video, Thomas Schäfer, CEO of VW, tries to end the year on a positive note. It shows all the important VW models that debuted earlier this year, including the ID.7, Passat Variant and Tiguan. Before sending his holiday wishes to the world and previewing the Golf’s redesigned face, Schäfer sent an optimistic message for the future despite the automaker’s recent financial setbacks.

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