Volkswagen has announced that an “extensive Golf update” will make its world premiere early next month.

Unfortunately, VW hasn’t yet shared any details about this “major update.” Fortunately, we’ve already seen camouflaged versions of the updated Golf R wagon testing on mountain roads and on track. That car has seen few changes to the overall shape, but the we haven’t yet seen the front and rear bumpers, so they’re expected to be new.


That updated Golf R Wagon was also spotted testing against a regular Golf R , which could indicate power and performance improvements for both the wagon and, hopefully, non-wagon Golfs.

Currently in its seventh generation, the Golf has been around for more than 40 years and in that time more than 32,500,000 of them have sold, making it the most successful European car ever.

The Golf is so popular that in Germany, Gen X (people born between the mid ‘60s and ‘80s) is known as Generation Golf.

The people’s car has truly been owned by everyone, including German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who owned a Mk2, and ex-pope Benedict XVI, who owned a Mk5. Incidentally, his Golf became the most expensive ever when it sold for nearly 189,000 Euros ($208,000) in 2005.

We'll have more information on the updated Golf when it becomes available.