2002 Samsung SM 3 Photos, engines & full specs

Segment: Medium
Production years: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

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The Renault-Nissan Alliance also had the Samsung brand under its roof, and the Korean automaker was able to build and sell a badge-engineered version of the Nissan Almera on its home market.

Based on the new platform developed by Renault and Nissan, the SM 3 was a fresh addition to the Korean market, where it had to face stiff competition from Hyundai, Kia, and Daewoo. Unlike its Almera sibling, the SM 3 was sold only as a four-door sedan.

The rounded, organic shapes of the SM3 mainly belonged to the bio-design era, which was already gone in other countries. Yet, the customers were not bothered by that. The car's angled headlights that flanked a one-slat grille didn't look very aggressive. Samsung didn't need that; it needed a vehicle suitable for a family. The car's profile revealed a curved window line adorned with black trims on the rear doors. In addition, the automaker offered an option for a blackened B-pillar. Finally, at the back, the corner-mounted taillights flanked the wide trunk opening.

Inside, the curved lines dominated the dashboard, with an instrument panel dominated by the center-mounted speedometer. That was flanked by a tachometer on the left and the fuel and water-temperature gauges on the right. Samsung installed bucket seats designed mostly for comfort and provided little bolstering. Its back seats featured a split-folding seatback and provided enough elbow and hip room but limited legroom for adult passengers.

Underneath the hood, the automaker installed a choice of two engines developed by Nissan. These were paired with a four-speed automatic or a five-speed manual that sent the power to the front wheels.

SAMSUNG SM 3 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  1 gasoline engine
  • 1.5L 5MT (100 HP)

1.5L 5MT (100 HP)

ENGINE SPECS - 1.5L 5MT (100 HP)
Displacement:1497 cm3
Power:73 KW @ 5600 RPM
100 HP @ 5600 RPM
98 BHP @ 5600 RPM
Torque:100 lb-ft @ 4400 RPM
136 Nm @ 4400 RPM
Fuel System:Multipoint Injection
Top Speed:114 mph (183 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph):11.7 s
Drive Type:Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox:5-Speed manual
Front:Ventilated Discs
Tire Size:175/70 R14
Length:177.6 in (4511 mm)
Width:67.1 in (1704 mm)
Height:56.7 in (1440 mm)
Front/rear Track:58.6/57.8 in (1,488/1,468 mm)
Wheelbase:99.8 in (2535 mm)
Cargo Volume:16.2 cuFT (459 L)
Unladen Weight:2560 lbs (1161 kg)
Combined:28.6 mpg US (8.2 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions:195.2 g/km
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