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This is how the SM started.

It was the first generation of the SM5 model, a vehicle wanted by the Koreans to give a touch of elegance and luxury. The SM5 was based on the Nissan Maxima's fourth generation (A32), which was replaced in 1999 by a newer generation.

From the outside, the SM5 took the relatively outdated design and installed a new badge on it. So, at least, that was brand new, but the car had the same landscape-type rectangular headlights with rounded edges, a typical design for the Japanese cars of the early '90s. A flat hood and a boxy design for the sides completed the exterior look.

But if the design was so '90s, we could had hoped that the suspension would have been the same. Unfortunately, it wasn't. The third generation of the Maxima had a rear independent suspension, but since Nissan needed to cut down costs, for the fourth generation it replaced it with a torsion beam, semi-rigid type. It is the same suspension used by Samsung for its mobile executive sedan.

Under the hood, Samsung sold the SM5 with the 2.0-liter engines in Korea by naming them SM 520, which sounds very BMW-ish. The same story was with the V6 3.0-liter versions, which were named SM 530.

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SAMSUNG SM 5 1998 - 2004
  3 gasoline engines
  • 1.8L 5MT (134 HP)
  • 2.0L 5MT (144 HP)
  • 2.5L V6 4AT (173 HP)

SAMSUNG SM 5 1.8L 5MT (134 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.8L 5MT (134 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1838 cm3
Power
98 KW @ 6200 RPM
133 HP @ 6200 RPM
131 BHP @ 6200 RPM
Torque
119 lb-ft @ 4800 RPM
161 Nm @ 4800 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
17.2 gallons (65.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
117 mph (188 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.5 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/70 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
190 in (4826 mm)
Width
69.9 in (1775 mm)
Height
55.7 in (1415 mm)
Front/rear Track
60.2/59.4 in (1,529/1,509 mm)
Wheelbase
106.3 in (2700 mm)
Cargo Volume
17 cuFT (481 L)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.34
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2913 lbs (1321 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
24.7 mpg US (9.5 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
226.1 g/km

SAMSUNG SM 5 2.0L 5MT (144 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.0L 5MT (144 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1998 cm3
Power
105.9 KW @ 6400 RPM
144 HP @ 6400 RPM
142 BHP @ 6400 RPM
Torque
134 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
182 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Multipoint Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
17.2 gallons (65.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
126 mph (203 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/70 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
190 in (4826 mm)
Width
69.9 in (1775 mm)
Height
55.7 in (1415 mm)
Front/rear Track
60.2/59.4 in (1,529/1,509 mm)
Wheelbase
106.3 in (2700 mm)
Ground Clearance
17.3 in (439 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3186 lbs (1445 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4156 lbs (1885 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
25.5 mpg US (9.2 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
219 g/km

SAMSUNG SM 5 2.5L V6 4AT (173 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  2.5L V6 4AT (173 HP)
Cylinders
V6
Displacement
2495 cm3
Power
127.2 KW @ 6400 RPM
173 HP @ 6400 RPM
171 BHP @ 6400 RPM
Torque
163 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
221 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
Electronic Injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
17.2 gallons (65.1 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
119 mph (192 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
11.1 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Discs
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/70 R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
190 in (4826 mm)
Width
69.9 in (1775 mm)
Height
55.7 in (1415 mm)
Front/rear Track
60.2/59.4 in (1,529/1,509 mm)
Wheelbase
106.3 in (2700 mm)
Ground Clearance
17.3 in (439 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3186 lbs (1445 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
4178 lbs (1895 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
22.8 mpg US (10.3 L/100Km)
CO2 Emissions
245.1 g/km
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