Renault Samsung SM5

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Renault Samsung SM5
Manufacturer Renault Samsung Motors
Production 1998–present
Assembly Busan, South Korea
Body and chassis
Class Mid-size
Body style 4-door saloon/sedan
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive

The Renault Samsung SM5 is a four-door mid-size car produced by the Korean manufacturer Renault Samsung Motors. Between 1998 and 2012, Renault Samsung had produced 680,000 SM5 models.[1]

The first generation was launched in 1998, with the second generation introduced in 2005 and the current third generation SM5 launched in 2009. In some markets, the SM5 is sold as the Renault Latitude or Renault Safrane.

The sedan is planned to be introduced in the U.S. and Canadian markets, under the Mitsubishi brand.[2]

First generation (KPQ)[edit]

First generation (KPQ)
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Production 1998–2005
Body and chassis
Related Nissan Maxima (A32)
Engine 1.8 L l4 Nissan SR
2.0 L l4 Nissan SR
2.0 L Nissan VQ
2.5 L Nissan VQ
Transmission 4-speed automatic
5-speed manual
Wheelbase 2,700 mm (106.3 in)
Length 1998–2003: 4,825 mm (190.0 in)
2003–2005: 4,835 mm (190.4 in)
V6 model: 4,845 mm (190.7 in)
Width 1,775 mm (69.9 in)
V6 model: 1,785 mm (70.3 in)
Height 1,415 mm (55.7 in)
V6 model: 1,425 mm (56.1 in)

The first generation model was based on the 1995 Nissan Cefiro, Nissan Maxima and Infiniti I30.

Second generation (A34R)[edit]

Second generation (A34R)
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Also called Renault Safrane (Mexico and Middle East)
Renault Samsung SM5 New Impression (Facelift)
Production 2005–2010
Body and chassis
Platform Nissan FF-L platform
Related Nissan Teana (J31)
Engine 2.0 L l4 Nissan MR
2.3 L V6 Nissan VQ (Safrane)
Transmission 4-speed automatic
5-speed automatic (Safrane)
Wheelbase 2,775 mm (109.3 in)
Length 2005–2007: 4,895 mm (192.7 in)
2007–present: 4,905 mm (193.1 in)
Width 2005–2007: 1,785 mm (70.3 in)
2007–present: 1,787 mm (70.4 in)
Height 1,475 mm (58.1 in)

The second generation model replaced the previous model in 2005. It is based on its sibling, the SM7.

In 2008–2010, the car was also sold in the Gulf States and Mexico, as the Renault Safrane.

Third generation (L43)[edit]

Third generation (L43)
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Also called Renault Latitude
Renault Safrane
Production 2009–present
Body and chassis
Platform Renault/Nissan D platform
Related Renault Laguna III
Nissan Altima (L32)
Nissan Teana (J32)
Engine 2.0 L l4 Nissan MR engine
2.5 L V6 Nissan VQ engine
Transmission 6-speed Xtronic
6-speed automatic
Wheelbase 2,760 mm (108.7 in)
Length 4,885 mm (192.3 in)
Width 1,830 mm (72.0 in)
Height 1,490 mm (58.7 in)
Curb weight 1,470 kg (3,240 lb)

Released on January 18, 2010, the third generation model began to be sold alongside the previous model.

Based on the Renault Laguna and designed in Seoul, the New SM5 is manufactured at the firm’s Busan plant in South Korea.[3]

It is available with a two-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, 2.5 litre six-cylinder petrol engine.[4] The SM5 uses a Nissan Xtronic CVT transmission (V6 uses 6 Speed Automatic transmission).[5]

The SM5 forms the basis to the Renault Latitude. Once again, the new SM5 is also sold in the Gulf States and Mexico as the Renault Safrane.

SM5 Platinum[edit]

In November 2012, a facelifted SM5 was launched, called the SM5 Platinum.[6] The facelift included a new design to the front, revised dashboard features[1] and retains the existing Nissan engines.


  1. ^ a b "Renault Samsung Motors launches new SM5". Korea Times. 4 November 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 
  2. ^ "Renault Samsung confirms Mitsubishi offerings, US will get SM5". thetruthaboutcars. 2013-11-11. Retrieved 2013-11-2013.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  3. ^ "New Renault Samsung SM5 sees early success in Korea". Car Advice. 2010-03-23. Retrieved 2011-09-2011.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  4. ^ "New SM5" (in Korean). Renault Samsung. 2010-11-07. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  5. ^ "The 2010 Samsung SM5 exceeds sales expectations". AutoCarbe. 2010-03-23. Retrieved 2011-09-28. 
  6. ^ "Renault Samsung Motors SM5". Renault. Retrieved 7 April 2013. 

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