The image, shown as the third picture in our gallery, shows the rear light cluster of a European model. It suggests that Euro cars will look near enough identical to US-spec models.
The US models were revealed in full last month as early customer cars departed Southampton for the US. They're shown in the gallery above.
All five-door Civics will be built at Honda UK’s Swindon plant, which is the global production hub for the new model. It has received £200 million worth of investment to cater for the additional supply, with an anticipated 50% of future demand coming from Europe.
A four-door saloon version of the Civic was launched in the US late last year, but that model won’t be offered in the UK.
US-spec five-door Civics will be sold exclusively with a turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine offering as much as 180bhp in its most potent form. The UK engine line-up is expected to be more comprehensive, with a 1.0-litre, 1.4-litre and the 1.5 all potential petrol-powered candidates.
Honda UK boss Philip Crossman has also hinted that a hybrid version will be offered. Speaking to Autocar earlier this year, he said: “We’ll come back with a class-leading hybrid powertrain in the next five years, and it’s likely to make as much impact as the VTEC valve system.”
The range-topping Type R model is likely to be fitted with a turbocharged 2.0-litre engine like the current model, but power output will be ramped up beyond 306bhp.
US sales for the five-door model will start in September. Production for British models will start later this year, with order books opening in the first quarter of 2017.