Not too long now before the global debut of Hyundai’s dedicated Prius-fighter, it seems. First spied back in December 2014, and then once more earlier this year undergoing winter testing, the Hyundai AE HEV has now been captured again, the time plying the roads of Germany.

Scheduled to go into production in the middle of 2016, the Hyundai AE HEV has yet to receive its finalised name – the AE represents its internal codename while HEV stands for ‘Hybrid Electric Vehicle’. Aside from its nomenclature, development of the car appears to on schedule as proven by this batch of spyshots.

Despite brisk progress on the development of the AE HEV, Hyundai has chosen to retain more or less the same amount of camouflage from previous mules, preventing us from getting a clearer look at the Korean offering. What Hyundai cannot hide, however, is the AE HEV’s wedged, Prius-like silhouette.

Peer beneath the camouflage and one might be able to notice the car’s front grille, replete with horizontal bars. Other details include the headlight assemblies and its accompanying blue highlights and LED daytime running lights, arranged in a vertical layout. The rear of the car appears to sport a Honda Civic-esque spoiler while a sole interior shot reveals what appears to be two-toned, fabric seats.

Despite being a completely new model, the Hyundai AE HEV will, reportedly, sit atop the same platform that will underpin the next-generation Hyundai Elantra. Under the bonnet, expect a parallel hybrid setup to feature, comprised of a 1.6 litre four-cylinder petrol engine and an electric motor juiced up by a lithium-ion battery pack. A five-door model will debut first but several body styles are expected to follow soon after.

Aside from the addition of different physical variants, sources indicate that the Hyundai AE HEV will also be offered as a plug-in hybrid. Said variant will likely be presented to the market a year and a half after the debut of the original, at the earliest.

GALLERY: Hyundai AE HEV undergoing winter testing

GALLERY: 2012 Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid