Renault Samsung's SM6 is better than ever
Midsize sedans have been well-loved as a family car for a long time in Korea. Despite of SUV’s rising popularity, they remain best sellers.
As family car models have diversified with the fast growth of both the domestic and imported auto market, now drivers are offered a wide range of choices and can make decisions depending on their preferences. Renault Samsung Motors’ midsize SM6 sedan, for example, makes an ideal family car for those who are looking for a cost competitive and family-friendly all-rounder.
Renault Samsung Motors is the Korean operation of the French automaker Renault. Known as Talisman in Europe, SM6 was first developed as a global project by Renault Group. However, as the SM6 is assembled in a factory located in Busan, South Gyeonsang, and is mainly targeted toward the Korean market, the SM6’s design and features largely reflect Korean consumers’ needs and preferences.
Since Koreans have high standards for performance, Renault Samsung focused on improving the functionality of the new SM6, the automaker explained.
One example is the light emitting diode Matrix Vision included in the latest SM6 model. The new lighting system delicately controls the headlamps to reduce glare, which makes nighttime driving considerably safer. Such lighting system is hard to find in any other models in similar price ranges, and the SM6 is the only model featuring the LED Matrix Vision headlamps even among Renault Samsung cars.
An LCD digital cluster dashboard measuring 10.25-inches (26 centimeters) and 9.3-inch Easy Connect function are also noteworthy changes in the latest model, Renault Samsung said. The larger size will make driving not only easier, but also safer. The SM6 is also equipped with improved semi-autonomous driving function such as adaptive cruise control.
On the front and rear dampers is the modular valve system, which improves the overall quality of ride. With TCe 300, the upper trim level of the SM6, Renault Samsung offers active noise cancellation as well.
The cost competitiveness is the strongest suit of SM6. The entry model with gasoline engine starts at 24.5 million won ($20,800), and even the upper trim TCe 300’s premium model costs 34.22 million won, Renault Samsung added.
BY SHIN HA-NEE [email@example.com]
with the Korea JoongAng Daily
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