Renault’s presence in the South Korean market is dwarfed compared to the two automotive giants of the country, Kia and Hyundai. But despite that fact, the French automaker’s local brand in South Korea, Samsung Motors, is prepared to pick up a fight with the Big Two with the reveal of their new SM7 Concept.

The next generation sedan takes from the current SM7, which was built using Nissan’s J31 platform, the very same platform that underpins the Nissan Maxima in the US. While nothing official has been announced, its possible that the new SM7 will be powered by a 2.5-liter V6 engine with 182 horsepower and 171 lb/ft of torque and a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 251 horsepower and 247 lb/ft of torque.

A week after releasing design sketches of the car, Renault-Samsung has finally bared the first batch of official photos of the car. While the car is still tagged as a design study, the SM7 is about the closest thing as a preview to the car’s production model. Among the noticeable features of the concept include a more aggressive and highly-prominent grille, an LED lighting set-up on the front, and an overall shape highlighted by swooping lines and soft contours.

The car looks a lot bigger, far sportier and more aggressive than today’s market model. The grille on the front fascia dominates the car’s profile and the swooping lines and contoured angles seem to suggest that the new SM7 will be a car that could give the Hyundai Sonata a serious run for its money.

Whether it actually does is still easier said than done, but if Renault-Samsung sticks to their guns, Hyundai and Kia might very well need to look into their rear-view mirrors for the new SM7 Concept.


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  (477) posted on 05.9.2011

There is no harm in trying! And I have heard a news earlier that KIA is no that popular in their country. I mean not all Koreans uses their won brands for sure this would be a great opportunity for Renault.

  (570) posted on 04.27.2011

Its just a normal car and it would be better if they are going to enhance the performance of the car and upgrade the design.

  (714) posted on 04.27.2011

Well, I don’t really like the concept of this car its similar to the usual design and performance. I’m just concerned about its reliability.

  (1211) posted on 04.1.2011

Racing prowess and ingenuity combined, that’s Chevrolet for you. They even let us take a look on how the made their racing and production engines.

  (449) posted on 03.29.2011

I’m really a bit doubtful on the car that uses platform from other version for I thought about the reliability of the car. However, I think Renault make a new face for sedan. Before, I don’t think that sedan has a nice face. Well, this is still a concept but I’m looking forward for its production. Hope to test drive soon.

  (592) posted on 03.29.2011

Yeah, you are correct on that one, this rendition is rather sporty. But it is really unlikely that this one would go into production anytime soon.

  (32) posted on 03.28.2011

As said, Whether or not it comes in to production, It looks great. The design and the look is extremely stunning and much sportier than any sports car on the road. I hope Renault comes up with this model.

  (336) posted on 03.28.2011

Well, co0nsidering that this is Renault, I expect the concept car to be really good. And from the looks of it, they will give Kia and Hyundai a good fight.

  (347) posted on 03.28.2011

So is the SM& going to be only a Korea exclusive model? If that’s the case, it would be a bit of a disappointment, since it seems to have a lot of pretty neat features. Hope Renault incorporates these in some of their other models.

  (313) posted on 03.25.2011

Hence,Renault-Samsung SM7 is not yet debut on the SEMA. Im now questioning the reliability of this car since it follows the Nissan platform. can’t they make on their own? On the good side, I like the sportiness and luxurious look of their concept!

  (647) posted on 03.25.2011

But let’s face it, Renault is still way behind Kia and Hyundai in terms of market share, so they really need a lot of time catching up. And the two companies have also released a wide variety of cars that are muc better than this.

  (412) posted on 03.25.2011

I never knew that Renault actually is the one behind Samsung Motors. A rather interesting fact really. Now for the car, it looks rather great in this rendition, and hopefully will be just like that for real.

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