VW Scirocco facelift spy shots

30 Aug, 2013 12:18pm Jonathan Burn

A facelifted version of the VW Scirocco has been spied while testing in North America

The Volkswagen Scirocco is being prepared for its first facelift since the model was launched back in 2008, and we've spied the updated model undergoing warm weather testing in Arizona.

This mid-life facelift is likely to be a final hurrah for the Scirocco before a completely redesigned version, based on the Golf’s MQB platform is introduced in 2015.

• Volkswagen Scirocco review

From the images, changes are likely to be minimal, focusing mainly on cosmetic upgrades rather than significant mechanical changes. Underneath the heavy disguise at the front, the Scirocco is expected to get a new nose in the style of the current Passat CC, bringing it more in line with the rest of the VW range.

The headlights will also be tweaked slightly and are likely to be an LED setup. Inside a revised centre console with 8-inch touchscreen is possible.

Like the exterior, changes under the bonnet will minor in order to keep prices down. Expect the same engines currently found in the Scirocco range to power the facelifted model, including the base 120bhp 1.4-litre TSI petrol engine and range-topping 263bhp 2.0-litre petrol motor found in the R-line models. Volkswagen could also introduce the new 296bhp 2.0-litre turbo engine found in the new VW Golf R to the Scirocco range.

The facelifted Scirocco could make its debut at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, before going on sale later that year.

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Shouldn't it be taken off production given how much better looking and more modern "coupe wannabe" cars are around and have VW do a real successor on the MQB platform? It wasn't a great car to begin with.

Oooooh look, another Golf-based abortion!

But of course, because its VW, AE and others will be creaming their y-fronts over such a poorly built, overpriced, under-specc'd vehicle - not to mention its travesty for "reliability".

Sheer joke of the highest order. Just like the Golf and the brain-zapped folk who actually pay for these mechanical disasters-on-wheels.

22 VW group cars (mainly VWs) in our family over the last 38 years. One breakdown in 1998 due to a failed gear linkage. Not exactly mechanical disasters for us.

Good for you.

Doesnt explain why VW has never ever come at the top of any reliability charts....and unlikely to while Lexus/Honda dominate in a category that counts arguably for more than VW cares to understand.

'Homer Jayz Simpsons' is a Auto Express Troll.

I think the Scirocco still looks good. Sure, the odd little tweak wouldn't go amiss to keep it fresh, but I really hope it doesn't end up with a chrome-laden front like the Passat CC.

Ugly car. It looks awkward and unbalanced at all angles.
It's neither here nor there. You just would not notice it going by. The current Scirocco should have been a natural evolution of the Corrado with softer lines and a wider squatter stance.
Much less prestigious cars such as the Seat Leon and Vauxhall Astra are much better looking with a more purposeful look than the Scirocco.