IT won't be unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show next month, but as rivals vie for attention in the run up to one of Europe's premier motoring events, Volkswagen just couldn't resist putting out at a teaser picture of the forthcoming new Golf.
This new eighth generation version of the iconic VW hatchback will be unveiled in the autumn, says the company. VW's head of design, Klaus Bischoff, explains: "At this time, we will not disclose all details of the new Golf, but you can already perceive its elegant proportions."
The heavily-camouflaged prototype gives plenty of clues to the final design and reveals a more sharply raked bonnet leading to a lower-slung front end with a narrower grille and headlights and more pronounced wheel arches. But there's no getting away from the fact that it's yet another evolutionary design - the visual Golf DNA carried down through the previous seven generations is unmistakable.
The new model can be expected to feature the latest digital and connectivity technologies plus safety and assisted driving innovations.
Development work on the new model is almost complete, says Volkswagen and Bischoff adds: "The next generation will be a genuine eye-catcher!"