Renault-Samsung SM7 in detail

Renault-Samsung SM7 - 5.8.2011
Renault-Samsung SM7 - 5.8.2011

On sale later this month

Renault-Samsung has released new information about the SM7.

Designed to deliver the "ultimate motoring experience," the flagship was developed over the course of 32 months at a cost of nearly 400 billion won (€270 million). The end result is a reasonably attractive model that features a prominent grille, swoopy styling and distinctive tail lights.

Inside, the cabin boasts class-leading interior room as well as "aviation" headrests and an optimized HVAC system. Other highlights include wood trim, metallic accents and an infotainment system with GPS navigation.

As we predicted, two Nissan-sourced engines are available. The entry-level 2.5-liter produces 190 hp (142 kW / 193 PS) and 243 Nm (179 lb-ft) of torque, while the 3.5-liter V6 develops 258 hp (192 kW / 262 PS) and 330 Nm (243 lb-ft) of torque.

The SM7 will be launched in South Korea later this month and pricing starts at 30 million won (€19,725).

Source: Renault-Samsung Motors

Renault Samsung Motors to roll out All-New SM7 in August

  • This August will see the brand introduce the latest-generation SM7. Developed over a period of 32 months, with R&D investments reaching some 400 billion South Korean won (€207 million), it stands out as a new benchmark in Korea's big saloon market, seven years after the launch of the original SM7.
  • All-New SM7 carries over the same exacting quality standards and value for money of previous versions thanks to widespread use of state-of-the-art Renault-Nissan Alliance technology.
  • The latest-generation SM7 features the elegant and sophisticated styling expected of such a prestigious saloon.
  • Ultimate comfort is provided by the segment's most spacious interior and premium well-being features.
  • All-New SM7 delivers maximized driving pleasure thanks to its 'Sport Mode' function and Paddle Shift gearshift technology - a segment first - plus enhanced handling and ride comfort.

Renault Samsung Motors unveiled All-New SM7 at a media road test in South Korea and the model will be available in showrooms from mid-August.

To underpin the in-depth changes it introduces, the second-generation SM7 will be known as All-New SM7 and was developed over a period of 32 months, with R&D investments amounting some 400 billion South Korean won (€270 million). Renault Samsung Motors' flagship model delivers the same impeccable quality and value for money of former SM7 models and exceeds the demand of its E-segment customers thanks to the advanced Renault-Nissan Alliance technologies it packs.

All-New SM7 features the elegant and sophisticated styling expected of a prestige saloon, with a special focus on roomy cabin space and premium well-being features, plus an exceptionally silent ride and outstanding travelling comfort.

It boasts the roomiest interior in its segment with kneeroom for rear passengers up by more than 70mm over the previous SM7, plus plenty of headroom and shoulder room. Several premium well-being features have been introduced, too, including Aviation Headrests - another segment first - plus an optimized Air-Ventilation System which distinguishes it from other big Korean-made saloons. The ultimate motoring experience is ensured by the car's quiet ride and exceptional, segment-leading ride comfort. Meanwhile, features like the 'Sport Mode' function and Paddle Shift gearshifts are available for the first time in the segment to deliver even greater driving enjoyment. This overall package has been designed to position All-New SM7 as a truly high-end prestige saloon.

All-New SM7 is powered by the Nissan VQ engine which has been listed by the leading automotive industry research group Ward's as one of the world's top 10 engines for 14 consecutive years. The performance and durability of the third-generation VQ engine has been achieved thanks to extensive work in areas such as friction and optimised engine management, as well as improved intake and exhaust systems, a more efficient catalytic converter and the use of iridium spark plugs, etc. The VQ powerplant drives through a new, six-speed automatic transmission with a manual shift function which includes a high-capacity torque converter for seamless gear changes and superior driving performance. All-New SM7 can be specified with one of two engines: the 3.5 VQ (six-speed automatic transmission with manual gearshift mode) or the 2.5 VQ (six-speed automatic transmission with manual selector mode). Both will be available with three equipment levels to cover the different needs and tastes of the model's customers.

The maximum power delivered by the VQ25 engine is 190hp, an increase of 15 percent over the previous SM7, while peak torque stands at 243Nm at 4,400rpm. This version of the engine has sought to optimise performance in the most practical and commonly-used rev ranges, while customers also benefit from energy control technology features like ESM (Energy Smart Management) for fuel consumption of just nine litres/100km.

In the case of the VQ35 engine, maximum power of 258hp (up more than 20% over the previous SM7) makes it the segment's most powerful powerplant. Peak torque of 330Nm is produced at 4,400rpm, allowing drivers to benefit from outstanding performance compared with rival models across the most practical and frequently-employed engine speed ranges. Fuel consumption is a low 10.4 litres/100km.

Prices for All-New SM7 range from 30 to 39 million Korean won (€19,724 to 25,641), while that of the previous SM7 ranged from 28.8 to 37.7 million Korean won (€18,935 to €24,786).

Thanks to its competitive price tag, which belies its enhanced performance characteristics, All-New SM7 is expected to have a radical effect on the big saloon car market.

Said Renault Samsung Motors CEO Jean-Marie Hurtiger: "All-New SM7 is Renault Samsung Motors' new flagship and delivers everything customers expect of a big premium saloon, including refined, luxurious styling, exceptional quality, and outstanding comfort and driving pleasure thanks to the contribution of the Renault-Nissan Alliance's world class technological expertise. All-New SM7 will set new standards in Korea's big family saloon car market."

At the time of the original SM7's launch in December 2004, the model established a new benchmark in Korea's big saloon car market thanks to its sophisticated styling, excellent handling, quiet ride and dynamic driving performance. In the customer surveys carried out by automobile market research specialists Marketing Insight, it topped the 'Marketability' classification for three consecutive years and the 'Quality Stress' classification among cars in all segments for two consecutive years.

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Pancho Pancho
I submitted my first comment a couple of hours ago and it hasn't yet showed up, so, please excuse if this is a double post. This SM7 is indeed a new car, based on the Laguna III's platform. The engines are from Nissan, alright. It has nothing to do with the original Safrane, which was replaced maybe twelve years ago or so by the Vel Satis. This car could, in turn, provide the basis for the already discontinued Vel Satis' replacement. As Cata points out, the European market Latitude is the current SM5's sister vehicle. It's sold under the Safrane name in some markets (Middle East, Latin America), just like its predecessor, a modestly restyled previous-generation SM5, was for the previous three or so years. These large Renault Samsung cars are well built, comfortable, and provide a lot of equipment for the money. They definitely aren't drivers' cars, though.
Aug 8th, 2011 12:41am
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davetibo davetibo
Is 270 000 000 EU normal for this kind of design? Looks expensive for a not new car with large headrests and stuff...
Aug 7th, 2011 4:51am
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freeway freeway
honestly, for me this car is nothing more than a facelifted Renault Safrane which is a 20 year old commercial failure and that says it all... and that expression: "ultimate motoring experience"... come on Renault/Samsung people that is how you make a perfect goal for a premium car producer to lose all its meaning... ultimate motoring experience???... yeah, right, then I think Rolls Royce is ... what... if this Samsung is already ultimate???
Aug 6th, 2011 8:17pm
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bordeauxman1 bordeauxman1
nicer than the lattitude.
Aug 6th, 2011 3:38pm
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This car is known as Renault Latitude in Europe, and is a major failure... Nothing to "lead" the class of such cars.
Aug 6th, 2011 11:00am
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cata cata
dude, you don`t know what you`re talking about...but than again, you`re not entirely to blame for your confusion. Renault Latitude is a rebadged Samsung SM5. This is Samsung SM7, like SM5 is a new model, yet they share a lot with Nissan in terms of motoring as `droid dtm` well put it. The SM7 will probably be the new Renault Safrane or at least the equivalent in Europe. Your confusion is understandable since Renault itself doesn`t do a good job in terms of creating a proper design and marketing as well. Therefore kind of a falure in terms of sale, but I supose they don`t care that much since the efort in offering the car to the market is limited to just adding a renault badge.
Aug 7th, 2011 12:24pm
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Douglas6250 Douglas6250
Is this car in the kind of market segment as the Nissan Teana, Toyota Camry and US Honda Accord ?
Aug 6th, 2011 6:26am
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droid_dtm droid_dtm
Yes it is, and the engine options are identical to the Teana. I'd say its built on the same platform too, so in other words its just a badge-engineered Teana. Why build it then? Well some Asian markets don't fancy Japanese brands, Korea and China being two of the major ones. So having a 'non-Japanese' version might be necessary.
Aug 6th, 2011 2:43pm
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Hellbound Hellbound
Quite cheap for the ultimate motoring experience. Thought this car would be full to the brim of tech.
Aug 6th, 2011 3:12am
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