Renault Samsung unveils new SM7 Nova image

The South Korean automaker Renault Samsung has officially unveiled a facelifted version of its flagship sedan, now renamed as the SM7 Nova.

While the smaller Renault-Samsung SM5 is the only one to usher a counterpart on the European market – the Renault Latitude, the French automaker has decided that its South Korean SM7 flagship is suitable for another Asian country – mainly the world’s biggest auto market – China. There, the carmaker uses the name Talisman, targeting the model at young and active businessman.

Now, the model has received a mid-life refresh, with the maker saying “the SM7 Nova is targeting customers that are not afraid to make a statement and confident with standing out”.

There are no major changes for the Nova model, but we noticed up front a more dynamical stance thanks to changes operated at the grille level, while the hood now has a double character line. The front bumper was also revised, while the changes at the back were even subtler.

Inside, the maker has fitted as standard equipment a new “smart mirroring” system that connects the passenger’s smartphones to the car’s infotainment system via Wi-Fi.

Under the hood the Nova carries the same two gasoline choices, V6 units sourced from Japanese automaker Nissan. The 2.5-liter option comes with 193 PS (142 kW) and 243 Nm (179 lb-ft) of torque, while the larger 3.5 delivers 262 PS (192 kW) and 330 Nm (243 lb-ft) of torque.