New reports out of Germany suggest that Volkswagen's Scirocco sports hatch will soldier on until 2017 before a replacement arrives, some nine years since the current model's debut.
The existing Scirocco, which shares its platform with the superseded Golf 5 (among others), will be given a makeover next year however, revealed recently in TMR spy photos.
Details of the next Scirocco are thin on the ground, although German magazine Auto Bild reports that the new model will retain its three-door and four-seat layout.
But, unlike the current model, the 2017 Scirocco will take on more of a coupe design, rather than the stretched 'shooting brake' look we see now.
The new model will likely again share its platform with the Golf - which now rides on Volkswagen's newer MQB platform - and engine options should mirror the units offered with the Golf range.
As for the coming facelift, TMR's spy photos reveal that we can expect sharper headlights and a new bumper, both coming from the latest generation of Volkswagen's familiar styling language.
An overhauled cabin is also likely, with the Scirocco gaining VW's new steering wheel design - from either the regular new Golf range or the unique tiller found in he GTI and Beetle - along with a new dash display and new materials.
Volkswagen's latest comfort and safety technologies should also appear including the carmaker's Automatic Post-Collision Braking System - designed to apply the brakes after an accident to reduce secondary collisions.
It's unclear whether any mechanical updates will be made, although we could see the updated units from the new Golf range appear, while the R model could get the new Golf R's 221kW (206kW in Australia) engine.
Expect the updated Scirocco to appear in early 2014, and a brand-new model to debut late in 2015.
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