Renault Samsung SM7

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Renault Samsung SM7
RENAULT SAMSUNG SM7 L47 01.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Renault Samsung Motors
Also called Renault Talisman (China)
Production 2004–present
Model years 2005–present
Body and chassis
Class Full-size luxury executive car

The Renault Samsung SM7 is a full-size luxury saloon/sedan produced by the Korean manufacturer Renault Samsung Motors since 2004.

First generation (EX2)[edit]

Renault Samsung SM7
Samsung SM7 V23 LE.jpg
Overview
Also called Renault Samsung SM7 New Art (KDM Facelift)
Production 2004–2011
Assembly Busan, Korea
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door saloon/sedan
Layout Front engine, front-wheel drive
Platform Nissan FF-L platform
Related Nissan Teana (J31)
Powertrain
Engine 2.3L V6 Nissan VQ
3.5L V6 Nissan VQ
Transmission 4-speed automatic
5-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,775 mm (109.3 in)
Length 4,945 mm (194.7 in) (2004–2008)
4,950 mm (194.9 in) (2008–2011)
Width 1,790 mm (70.5 in) (2004–2008)
1,785 mm (70.3 in) (2008–2011)
Height 1,475 mm (58.1 in)


In October 2002 Renault Samsung started to work on the "EX" project, a new car based on the Nissan J31 platform which shared underpinnings with the Nissan Teana (in Asian markets) and the sixth-generation Nissan Maxima (in North America). On 30 November 2004 the new car was revelead to the public as a high-end model. To distinguish it from the Teana were performed various changes to the design with the aim of giving it a more solid image. The car had a significant safety equipment as standard. It was presented in five trim levels: SE, XE, LE, XE35 and RE35.[1]

Engines[edit]

The SM7 is fitted with either a 2.3L or 3.5L Neo VQ V6 engine, developed by Nissan. The 2.3L version was fitted to the SE, XE, LE trim levels and the 3.5L to the XE35 and RE35.[1]

Engine Code Displacement Power Torque
Petrol engines
2.3L V6 Neo VQ23 2,349 cc 170 hp (125 kW) at 6,600 rpm 225 N·m (166 lb·ft) at 4,400 rpm
3.5L V6 Neo VQ35 3,498 cc 217 hp (160 kW) at 5,600 rpm 314 N·m (232 lb·ft) at 3,500 rpm

2008 facelift[edit]

In 2008 was introduced a facelifted SM7 called New Art (Hangul: 뉴 아트; RR: Nyu Ateu) with a new front grille and improvements to handling and acceleration. The car dimensions were also slightly changed.[2]

Gallery[edit]

Second generation (L47)[edit]

Renault Samsung SM7
20110902 renault samsung sm7 1.jpg
Overview
Also called Renault Talisman[3]
Production 2011–Present
Assembly Busan, Korea
Body and chassis
Body style 4-door saloon/sedan
Layout Front engine,
front-wheel drive
Related Renault Latitude
Powertrain
Engine 2.5L V6 Nissan VQ
3.5L V6 Nissan VQ
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,810 mm (110.6 in)
Length 4,945 mm (194.7 in)
Width 1,870 mm (73.6 in)
Height 1,480 mm (58.3 in)
Renault Talisman in Shanghai.

A new generation SM7, based on a stretched version of the third generation Renault Samsung SM5 (L43), was revealed and went on sale in South Korea since August 2011.[4] A near-production concept version was presented in April.[5] The development of the new car took more than 32 months, at a cost of about 400 billion won (270 million euros).[6] It was conducted by the R & D department of Renault Samsung.[7]

The powertrain consists of two third-generation Nissan VQ engines (of 2.5 and 3.0L) coupled with a 6-speed manual and automatic transmissions. The car has a integrated front bumper-grill with bi-xenon adaptive headlamps an LED lamps on the rear.[8]

Renault Samsung presented three trim levels called SE, LE and RE. The equipment, depending on version, includes three-zone automatic air conditioning, improved ABS system, special head rest, fragance diffuser, massaging seats, dual-stage airbags, paddle shifting and pressure-sensitive dampers.[8]

Engines[edit]

Engine Code Displacement Power Torque
Petrol engines
2.5L V6 VQ25 (2ZV) 2,495 cc 190 hp (140 kW) at 6,000 rpm 243 N·m (179 lb·ft) at 4,400 rpm
3.5L V6 VQ35 (5ZV) 3,498 cc 258 hp (190 kW) at 6,000 rpm 330 N·m (243 lb·ft) at 4,400 rpm

2012 facelift[edit]

The 2013 model year of the SM7 added a blind spot information system, a new satellite navigation and multimedia system and tyre pressure sensors. It also has minor changes to the front grill design.[9]

Renault Talisman[edit]

The Renault Talisman is a revised version of the SM7 sold exclusively in the Chinese market since June 2012, under the Renault marque. It is Renault's flagship sedan in China.[10]

The Talisman takes its name from a 2001 concept car[11] and was unveiled at the 2012 Auto China.[12] The aim of its introduction is to reach the young businessmen.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "르노삼성의 운전 재미가 살아있는 최고급세단 - SM7" [Renault Samsung's high-end sedan driving fun is alive - SM7] (in Korean). Autoview.co.kr. 21 June 2010. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  2. ^ "Renault Samsung SM7 New Art 확고하고 차분한 감성의 진화" [Renault Samsung SM7 New Art: emotional evolution of a firm and calm vehicle] (in Korean). Carlife.net. 31 January 2010. Retrieved 27 March 2014. 
  3. ^ 2013 Renault Talisman teased - WorldCarFans
  4. ^ New SM7 at renault.com
  5. ^ "SM7 컨셉트 온라인 이벤트 진행" [SM7 concept unveiling online event] (in Korean). Autoview.co.kr. 26 April 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  6. ^ "Renault-Samsung SM7 in detail". Worldcarfans.com. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Renault Samsung SM7 2011 Specifications". Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Kim Jeong Hoon (7 July 2011). "신형 SM7 전격 공개···가격 3000만~3900만원대" [Impacting release of new SM7 prized between 30000000 and 39000000 won]. hankyung.com (in Korean). Korea Economic Daily. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  9. ^ "르노삼성, 2013 SM7 출시" [2013 Renault Samsung SM7 release]. auto.daum.net (in Korean). Daum. 8 November 2012. Retrieved 26 March 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Auto China 2012: Renault Talisman aims at young businessmen". 4WheelNews.com. 23 April 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  11. ^ "Discover Renault Talisman on video". Renault Blog. 4 May 2012. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  12. ^ "Renault Introduces Talisman Flagship Saloon at the Auto China 2012". Carscoop.com. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 

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