Volkswagen Scirocco facelift brings fresh face and new kit

Our exclusive image shows how the new Volkswagen Scirocco coupe, which will be updated this year, will look

A facelift for the Volkswagen Scirocco coupe is in the works, but as with the recently updated Polo, the big changes will come under the skin.

• Volkswagen Scirocco review

As our exclusive image reveals, VW will stick closely to the stylish shape first introduced in 2008, with subtle updates to the grille and headlights. The Scirocco is still one of the best-looking cars in the line-up, so there’s no sense in alienating potential buyers with a radical redesign.

The facelift will no doubt increase the car’s appeal, though, with cleaner engines, new tech, a smarter interior and some subtle chassis tweaks.

Scirocco sales were down from 7,538 in 2009 to 5,029 in 2013, but by fitting the new 1.4 TSI ACT petrol and 2.0 TDI diesel engines from the MkVII Golf, VW will be able to slash running costs and boost performance. Expect nearly 60mpg from the cleanest petrol and 70mpg for the new 2.0 TDI, with both claiming modest power hikes over the outgoing Scirocco range.

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VW had axed the Scirocco R as its engine didn’t meet Euro VI emissions rules, but the flagship will be revived, using the latest Golf R’s 296bhp 2.0 TSI.

Expect a redesigned interior with top-quality switchgear, steering wheel and dials from the latest Golf, plus tech like adaptive cruise control and autobrake.

A new slicker infotainment system will feature, offering swiping smartphone-style gesture control and a MirrorLink system, which in theory lets you use any smartphone app via your in-car screen.

The revised Scirocco is likely to debut at next month’s Geneva Motor Show and go on sale towards the end of the year, with prices from around £20,000.

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