Kia is reportedly considering a Mercedes CLS competitor. It could be based on the K9 / Quoris and launched in 2016.

Kia is reportedly considering a Mercedes CLS competitor.

Previewed by the GT concept, the model will likely be ride on the rear-wheel drive platform that underpins the K9 / Quoris. The car's styling will be toned down, but it will reportedly have a prominent grille, a sloping roofline and a low-slung stance.

The concept featured a turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 with 395 PS (290 kW / 390 hp) and 534 Nm (394 lb-ft) of torque, but the production model should offer a variety of four-cylinder engines. There could also be a hybrid variant that borrows the powertrain from the Optima hybrid.

The ambitious new model is slated for 2016, so expect to learn more in the coming years.