It appears that the Hyundai i30 fastback is about to be fettled by the sporty N sub-brand if these latest batch of spy shots of the camouflaged car undergoing cold-weather testing in the snow in Germany are anything to go by.

How can we be so sure? Well for starters, take a look at the size of the wheels. They are pretty big and behind them appear to be red brake callipers. What’s more, the side skirts look far more aggressive as does the rear bumper. And, it also has wide-set dual exhaust outlets of existing Hyundai N models (the i30 N hatch and Veloster N).

It doesn’t seem to have a large rear wing (the i30 N hatch and the Veloster N do...) instead, we notice a subtle lip on boot lid (which the regular fastback also has).

As for the engine, we expect that it will get the same turbocharged 2.0-litre four-pot as the hot-hatch which makes 247 horses in standard guise and 271 with the N Performance Pack — however it could pack more of a punch than that; rumours of it producing 300 horses have been doing the rounds (it will have and five selectable drive modes).

Best of all, it will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission driving the front wheels which will delight old-school enthusiasts like us.

It should go on sale either late this year or early in 2019.