The next Honda Civic, expected to be available in Europe in early 2017, has been revealed in prototype form at the Geneva Motor Show this week.

Honda say the new Civic is 30mm wider, 130mm longer and 20mm lower than the existing model.

Although undeniably sharper than the current Civic, the new car does continue some of the more familiar design cues, such as the C-shaped tail-lights and the spoiler that runs across the rear window.

Perhaps the biggest change is under the bonnet, where a pair of turbocharged petrol VTEC engines will join a revised version of the current 1.6-litre i-DTEC diesel engine.

The new petrol engines – of both 1.0 and 1.5-litres in capacity – are said to use an entirely new structure, and feature variable valve motion technology to reduce friction, with direct injection for optimum fuel efficiency.

Honda has confirmed that the company’s UK plant will become the global production hub for the new Civic, and will export it to markets around the globe.