Even though we won't be seeing the next-generation U.S.-spec Honda Civic until sometime in 2011, we must remember that the European model is a wholly different vehicle. Our spies have just captured these photos of a Euro Civic test mule, showing that Honda is making good progress with updating its best-selling compact in other markets.
Our spies indicate that the new front bumper is already in place under the camouflage on this jimmied-up Civic, giving it a larger stance, though the wheelbase looks about the same as the current car, meaning the overall size probably won't change too much. Out back, slightly wider rear fenders mimic the larger proportions up front. As for what's under the hood, we assume that the standard range of both gas and diesel engines four-cylinder engines will be offered in Europe, and the hybrid setup from the CR-Z hatch could possibly find a home in the redesigned Civic, as well.
No word has been given as to when the new Euro Civic will make its debut, but we're willing to bet that the Honda hatch will hit the streets before the delayed American model debuts. See the full set of spy shots for yourself in the gallery below.