Renault Samsung previews new SM7
16 June 2011
Start naming Korean automakers. Ready? Go! Okay, there's Hyundai, of course. And its sister company Kia. Daewoo's been taken over entirely by GM. That's it, right? Almost. Don't forget Renault Samsung.
The French automaker produces its own line of vehicles in South Korea in partnership with electronics giant Samsung. The lineup includes the QM5 (also known as the Renault Koleos), the small SM3 and SM3 CE, the slightly larger SM5 and this, the new SM7.
The new top-of-the-line Samsung was previewed in concept form earlier this year, and is now ready for its production roll-out. The model it replaces offered 2.3-liter and 3.5-liter versions of Nissan's ubiquitous VQ engine, and the new model is likely to follow a similar path. The sedan is based on the Nissan Maxima, and may very well be exported outside of its Korean market as a proper Renault.