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Samsung SM7 (L47)

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Samsung SM7 (L47). 2011–19 (prod. n/a). 4-door sedan. F/F, 1998 cm³ LPG (I4 DOHC), 2495, 3498 cm³ (V6 DOHC). SM5-based flagship, on Renault Laguna 3 platform. Launched to fight Hyundai Grandeur (HG), which had a sizeable market share in Korea, especially among younger professionals, while Samsung’s dipped dramatically in 2011. More Asian styling than smaller car, with six-light design and dipping rear waistline more reminiscent of Nissan Teana (J32). Larger base unit, and larger engines than Grandeur on home market. Sport mode to suspension, which gave weightier steering, though standard mode still offered good handling and ride. V6s smooth, as expected from Nissan, and particularly quiet. Increased rear legroom—unsurprising given it targeted top business people. Gimmicky with air ionizer and perfume diffuser as extras. Swap out the Samsung badges for Renault ones, and it became the Renault Talisman at the Beijing show in 2012. Facelift in 2014 to SM7 Nova. LPG model from 2015. Range trimmed in 2017. Sold very poorly.

Manufacturing location: Busan, Korea

Marque: Samsung | Model: Samsung SM7 | Predecessor: Samsung SM7 (EX2)

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