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June 15, 2024

Automobiles

[Behind the Wheel] Renault Samsung’s new SUV caters to urban driving

  • PUBLISHED :September 17, 2017 - 16:54
  • UPDATED :September 17, 2017 - 16:54
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[THE INVESTOR] Renault Samsung Motors, the Korean unit of French carmaker Renault S.A., released a gasoline-powered version of its popular QM6 midsize SUV, targeting drivers who drive in the city and prefer SUVs, the company said Sept. 17.

The press took the QM6 GDe gasoline model for a test drive from Gyeongwonjae Ambassador Incheon to Grand Hyatt Incheon, totaling 60 kilometers earlier this month.

Before the test drive, CEO of Renault Samsung Motors Park Dong-hoon told reporters, “SUVs are no longer for people who enjoy off-road driving. A change in thought led us to see that there needs to be a gasoline-powered SUV suited for urban driving.”


 

Front view of QM6 GDe SUVs driving through Incheon. (Renault Samsung)



The carmaker downsized the horsepower and torque of the gasoline model, instead, heightened quietness and fuel economy.

The 2.0-liter gasoline-powered QM6 has a maximum 144 horsepower and 20.4 kilogram-force meter of torque, which is lower than Hyundai Motor’s compact SUV Kona.

Offering a quiet driving experience, the vehicle showed a 10.7 kilometers per liter fuel economy after the test drive.

The official fuel efficiency of the model is 11.7 kilometers per liter, up to 2.4 kilometers per liter more efficient than Hyundai Motor’s Sante Fe SUV, the company said.


Gasoline-powered version of Renault Samsung‘s popular QM6 midsize SUV. (Renault Samsung)



The continuously variable transmission, also known as a single-speed transmission, made by Japanese automatic transmission supplier Jacto installed in the midsize SUV reduced noise and prevented the car from wobbling when changing gears.

According to Renault Samsung, the 2.0-liter naturally-aspirated engine, which does not make much noise, along with the soundproof front windshield also helped produce a hushed ride.

The model is recommended for motorists who prefer smooth driving sedans offer with a muscular look.

A downside of the gasoline model was a lack of power on highways due to a low horsepower and torque.

Downsizing the horsepower and torque has allowed the Renault Samsung to cut down on price.

Priced between 24.8 million ($21,874) and 28.5 million won, the QM6 gasoline version is up to 2.9 million won cheaper than rival models, the company said.

The carmaker will aim to reach about 600 units in monthly sales of the gasoline model.

It expects to sell over 40,000 units of QM6 gasoline and diesel SUVs worldwide this year.

By Kim Bo-gyung (lisakim425@heraldcorp.com)

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