Renault Samsung Motors has revealed the latest-generation SM7, which combines bold, striking lines with a sense of elegance and refinement. The front end is built around a single-structured grille flanked by the original gaze of the vehicle's directional and adaptive bi-Xenon headlights. The chrome trimming and character line enhances the implicit sense of quality and dynamism.
The generous forms continue rearward to form a spacious cabin wherein everything will be dedicated to enjoyable driving experience as well as exclusive wellbeing of the passengers.
On the other hand, the twin exhaust tail pipes are pointing to the performance and quality credentials of the engines available for the vehicle. The new SM7, from its original design to the high-standard after-sales service quality, benefits extensively from the Renault-Nissan Alliance's expertise.
The vehicle is developed from the New SM5 base, and will stand out as a new benchmark in the large sedan market of Korea. Meanwhile, its precise chassis, silent ride, high-performance engines and plush comfort are very appealing.
Renault Samsung Motors' reputation for reliability and quality has naturally been brought into the New SM7, which packs Alliance-derived features assembled in keeping with the group's high standards.
The luxurious, refined sedan will sit at the top of the brand's rejuvenated, structured new line-up. The near-definitive model was first shown last May at the Seoul Motor Show, while its interior will be unveiled prior to its sale in Korea during the second half of the year.
Sitting at the heart of the new Renault Samsung SM7 is the latest iteration of the Nissan VQ engine that boasts of being named as one of the top 10 engines in the world for 14 years in a row by automotive industry research group Ward's. The third-generation VQ engine features better performance and durability thanks to optimized engine management, better intake and exhaust systems as well as a more efficient catalytic converter.
Moreover, the third-generation VQ engine features iridium spark plugs. Two VQ engines are available for the all-new SM7. First is the 3.5 VQ engine with a max output of 285 hp -- over 20 percent more powerful than its predecessor -- and a peak torque of 330Nm available at 4,400 rpm for a more spirited acceleration than its rival models. Paired to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual gearshift mode, the VQ35 consumes just 10.4 liters of fuel per 100 km. Second is the 2.5 VQ engine that delivers up to 190hp of output – representing a 15-percent surge over the previous SM7 – and up to 243Nm of torque at 4,400rpm for a more optimized performance in the most practical and commonly-used rev ranges.
Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with manual selector mode, the VQ25 is fitted with energy control technology features like ESM (Energy Smart Management) that allows it to consume just nine liters of fuel per 100km.
The new, six-speed automatic gearbox features a high-capacity torque converter that allows for seamless gear changes and a remarkable driving performance. The new SM7 could be availed in three equipment levels that allow customers to choose one that suits their needs and preferences. The price range of the new SM7 is between KRW30 million and to KRW39 million (between EUR19,724 and EUR25,641). Its competitive price tag and augmented performance should shake the already big saloon car market.