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Renault Samsung SM5

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The Renault Samsung SM5 is a mid-size car or large family car (D-segment in Europe) produced by the Korean manufacturer Renault Samsung Motors. Between 1998 and 2012, Renault Samsung Motors had produced 680,000 SM5 models.[1] In 2018, 10,002 models were made at the Busan plant.[2]

Renault Samsung SM5
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ManufacturerRenault Samsung Motors
Production1998–2019[citation needed]
AssemblyBusan, South Korea
Body and chassis
ClassMid-size car (D)
Body style4-door saloon
LayoutFront-engine, front-wheel-drive

The first generation was launched in 1998, with the second generation introduced in 2005 and the current third generation SM5 launched in 2009. In some markets, the SM5 is sold as the Renault Latitude or Renault Safrane.

The saloon was planned to be introduced in the U.S. and Canadian markets, under the Mitsubishi brand.[3] This plan has since been canceled.[4]

First generation (KPQ/A32; 1998–2005)Edit

First generation (KPQ)
Body and chassis
RelatedNissan Maxima (A32)
Nissan Cefiro A32
Engine2.0L Nissan SR20DE I4
2.0L Nissan VQ20DE V6
2.5L Nissan VQ25DE V6
3.0L Nissan VQ30DE V6
Wheelbase2,700 mm (106.3 in)
  • 1998–2003: 4,825 mm (190.0 in)
  • 2003–2005: 4,835 mm (190.4 in)
  • V6 model: 4,845 mm (190.7 in)
  • 1,775 mm (69.9 in)
  • V6 model: 1,785 mm (70.3 in)
  • 1,415 mm (55.7 in)
  • V6 model: 1,425 mm (56.1 in)

The first generation model was based on the Nissan Maxima (A32).

Second generation (EX1/DF(A34R); 2005–2010)Edit

Second generation (EX1/DF)
Also called
Body and chassis
PlatformNissan FF-L platform
RelatedNissan Maxima A34
Nissan Altima L31
Wheelbase2,775 mm (109.3 in)
  • 2005–2007: 4,895 mm (192.7 in)
  • 2007–present: 4,905 mm (193.1 in)
  • 2005–2007: 1,785 mm (70.3 in)
  • 2007–present: 1,787 mm (70.4 in)
Height1,475 mm (58.1 in)

The second generation model replaced the previous model in 2005. It is based on its sibling, the SM7.

In 2008–2010, the car was also sold in the Gulf States and Mexico, as the Renault Safrane.[citation needed] Project code for SM5 Impression is DF. However Renault Safrane's Code is A34R

Third generation (L43; 2009–2019)Edit

Third generation (L43)
Also called
Production2009–2019[citation needed]
Body and chassis
PlatformRenault/Nissan D platform
Wheelbase2,760 mm (108.7 in)
Length4,885 mm (192.3 in)
Width1,830 mm (72.0 in)
Height1,490 mm (58.7 in)
Curb weight1,470 kg (3,240 lb)

Released on January 18, 2010, the third generation model began to be sold alongside the previous model.

Based on the Renault Laguna and designed in Seoul, the New SM5 is manufactured at the firm’s Busan plant in South Korea.[5]

It is available with a two-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, 2.5 litre six-cylinder petrol engine.[6] The SM5 uses a Nissan Xtronic CVT transmission (V6 uses 6 Speed Automatic transmission).[7]

The SM5 forms the basis to the Renault Latitude. Once again, the new SM5 is also sold in the Gulf States and Mexico as the Renault Safrane.

SM5 PlatinumEdit

In November 2012, a facelifted SM5 was launched, called the SM5 Platinum.[8] The facelift included a new design to the front, revised dashboard features[1] and retains the existing Nissan engines.


In January 2015, another facelifted SM5 was launched, called SM5 NOVA. The second facelift included a new Renault-style grill to the front and DRL.


  1. ^ a b "Renault Samsung Motors launches new SM5". Korea Times. 4 November 2012. Retrieved 7 April 2013.
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  3. ^ "Renault Samsung confirms Mitsubishi offerings, US will get SM5". thetruthaboutcars. 2013-11-11. Retrieved 2015-10-03.
  4. ^ "Mitsubishi Won't Be Getting Renault-Samsung Sedan". thetruthaboutcars. 2015-01-26. Retrieved 2015-10-03.
  5. ^ "New Renault Samsung SM5 sees early success in Korea". Car Advice. 2010-03-23. Retrieved 2011-09-2011. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  6. ^ "New SM5" (PDF) (in Korean). Renault Samsung. 2010-11-07. Retrieved 2011-09-28.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "The 2010 Samsung SM5 exceeds sales expectations". AutoCarbe. 2010-03-23. Archived from the original on 2011-09-15. Retrieved 2011-09-28. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  8. ^ "Renault Samsung Motors SM5". Renault. Retrieved 7 April 2013.

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