The new 2012 Civic is set to be introduced by Dongfeng Honda at Auto Shanghai late next month, but shots of the car – presumably taken in-house – have inevitably surfaced, as is usually the case. The leaked photos of the Chinese version of the car reveal minor differences compared to the US version, noticeably at the rear, with the tail lamps extending on to the trunk lid, a similar trick Honda used to differentiate the US and ASEAN Accord.

Based on the shots, there’s plenty more chrome finishing on the Chinese version – the door handles, front grille and fog lamp cover get the shiny bit treatment. The word on the grapevine is that the car will be available in China in 1.8 and 2.0 form, and presumably the Type S badging on the car in the pix makes it the 2.0.