The tenth-generation Honda Civic sedan has been given a subtle makeover in the United States, a facelift that is expected to preview changes likely to be rolled out to other markets in the future.

The sedan (as well as the coupé body style offered in North America) gain what Honda terms “evolutionary” styling updates. Changes up front include the addition of a new piano black upper facia "wing", as well as a restyled lower facia, bumper and lower grille.

There’s also now a full-width front splitter, additional chrome accents and updated halogen or LED headlamps. Round back (unfortunately, no images of the sedan's rump have yet been released), the Japanese automaker has added more chrome accents to the lower bumper, while fresh wheel designs round out the styling updates.

The “Sport” trim, meanwhile, gives the sedan a cheeky rear spoiler as well as what Honda calls a “splitter-style” rear lower bumper incorporating a chrome polygonal exhaust finisher.

While the US market features both a turbocharged 1,5-litre petrol engine and a naturally aspirated 2,0-litre, South Africans are offered the former along with a free-breathing 1,8-litre. That said, it’s not yet clear when this updated model is scheduled to hit local shores.