Honda in North America has released the first official images of its new Civic sedan, showing the 11th-generation model in “prototype” form.

Finished in a new exterior paint colour called “Solar Flare Pearl”, the prototype provides a close preview of the upcoming production version of the sedan variant. For the record, the Japanese firm has confirmed the new Civic range will include sedan and hatchback body styles, with a Type R hot hatch also on the menu.

Honda claims the new Civic will offer an “even sportier, fun-to-drive new chassis, more powerful and fuel-efficient powertrains, multiple new Civic-first features and technologies, and further advances in active and passive safety features and performance”.

The prototype shows a fresh upper body design Honda says “maximises visibility” for the driver and passengers, with the A-pillars shifted back and the side mirrors relocated to the doors.

Inside, the company says the new Civic benefits from a “dramatic” makeover, with the redesigned instrument panel “free of visual clutter”. A honeycomb mesh design stretches the width of the facia, helping conceal the air vents. A new nine-inch touchscreen, meanwhile, is mounted atop the dashboard.

“Civic has always exceeded expectations, and the all-new Civic will continue that legacy of setting the standard for compact cars with human-centred design, outstanding dynamics, style, safety performance and driver enjoyment,” said Dave Gardner, executive vice-president of national operations at American Honda Motor Company.