Renault Samsung Motors, the South Korean affiliate of France’s Renault, has recently introduced and launched the SM6 model in the country – the Europeans know the model by the Talisman name.
The model is almost identical visually when compared to the European counterpart – there are very subtle styling modifications and of course new badges. But under the metal there are more surprises and the SM6 is a bigger departure to its Talisman brethren. Renault showcased the talisman back in July 2015 and just a few months later the Korean version of the midsize executive sedan is already here to take its place between the SM5 (Latitude in Europe) and the full size SM7 flagship. Due to the particularities of the South Korean auto market, Renault Samsung has derived the SM6 from the Talisman by using a bespoke lineup of powertrains.
We even have video footage depicting the model that was launched during a special event at Hanseo University’s Flight Education Center in Taean County, South Chungcheong Province. By the looks of it, the SM6 comes equipped with a 2-liter GDI, a 1.6-liter turbo GDI engine, and a 2-liter LPLi on the petrol side while the diesel option only includes a lonely 1.5-liter. The 1.6 turbo GDI comes with 190 PS and 260 Nm of torque – which is 10 hp down on the Talisman, though both use the same 7-speed EDC transmission. The 2.0 GDI is naturally aspirated and packs 150 PS and202 Nm of torque, linked to the same gearbox as before. The LPLi engine seems to signal it can also run on natural gas, has 140 PS and has been mated to a CVT – which is not offered in Europe.