Seen testing near the Hyundai Design Centre in Irvine, California is what appears to be the production version Kia GT. The disguised sport sedan indicates that it is now closer to production, with reports suggesting that it could make an official appearance as early as 2017.

Compared to the concept that first appeared in 2011, the prototype seems to sport a similar car-backwards profile. The front portion is somewhat different, with a different pair of headlamps and smaller inlets on both sides. The lower grille is new too, while the upper tiger nose grille has been maintained.

From the side, the sloping coupe-like roofline is visible, while a chrome inlet at the front doors can also be seen. Unlike the concept, which had connected door handles, the prototype appears to have a conventional set located in the traditional position.

At the rear, the hatch seems to have a fixed spoiler, while the rear tailamps are in a triangular design. Beneath them are dual-exhaust tips on each end. Perhaps of notice on the prototype is its long wheelbase – likely shared with Hyundai’s Genesis G80.

Not much else is known about the production version of the Kia GT. The car will likely sit between the Cadenza and K900. It’s also expected to come in a rear-wheel drive configuration, while engines could range from a naturally-aspirated mill, a twin-turbo 3.3 litre V6 and a possible V8. The latter is found in both the Genesis and K900.

GALLERY: 2011 Kia GT concept