Production version of sexy concept spied for the first time.

A prototype believed to be the Kia Proceed GT Shooting Brake has been spied this week during development testing, indicating a production version of the concept shown at last year's Frankfurt motor show is on the way.

This particular vehicle is wearing a heap of black sheeting and false body panels to hide its profile and design details, but we can still see plenty.

Up front is the same face worn by the European-market Ceed hatchback and wagon – and the Cerato/K3 sedan to a certain extent – while the sloping roofline extends into a fastback-style tailgate.

While the large trapezoidal-style exhaust finishers, lowered suspension, large brakes and subtle bodykit would indicate that this vehicle is a performance-oriented 'GT' variant, the smaller wheels and halogen headlights could indicate otherwise. However, the latter details could be a ploy to throw us off.

The Shooting Brake body style is likely a version of the Proceed concept from last year's Frankfurt motor show, serving as the design-focused niche model in the Kia Ceed range, much like how Hyundai has the i30 Fastback in Europe.

Should this be a non-GT version, the Proceed will get a similar range of engines to its hatchback and Sportwagon siblings, which offer three- and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. The upcoming 48V mild-hybrid could feature, too.

However, the GT version will likely get the 150kW/265Nm 1.6-litre turbo currently offered in the i30 SR sold in Australia, along with the upcoming Cerato GT hatch and sedan confirmed for late this or early next year.

The images come shortly after Britain's Autocar published a set of spy photos depicting a similar vehicle with larger wheels and red-painted brake calipers, claiming the Proceed Shooting Brake would be launched in Europe sometime in 2019.

Stay tuned to CarAdvice for more updates over the coming months. Click through to the galleries section for more images.