Peugeot unveiled today the Exalt Concept and promised that we will see this new vehicle live at the 2014 Beijing Motor Show or Auto China 2014, which will open its doors next week. Exalt is described by Peugeot as its ‘Vision of the saloon’ and as you can see from the photos, the concept car takes follows the same design line as the Onyx Concept, revealed by the French carmaker in 2012.
Some of the materials seen on the Onyx Concept are present on the Exalt Concept too as the new car features a woll-based fabric, bare steel, ebony and leather. Apparently, the bare steel bodywork echoes the historical models and it is shaped by hand.
What’s more interesting is that some of the parts are covered in the so-called “shark skin”, a textile which improves the car’s aerodynamic performances as well as fuel consumption. Weighing 1,700 kg, the five-door luxury saloon has a length of 4.7 metres and a height of 1.31 metres. From the side it looks even sexier thanks to the 20-inch wheels.
Regarding the design, the Exalt Concept features stylish headlights, the new signature grill seen on the current Peugeot models, but also a new black light system which improves visibility during low light conditions. According to the press release, the Exalt sits on the EMP2 platform, same used by the Peugeot 308 a.k.a. the European Car of the Year 2014.
Under the hood, there is the same 1.6-liter THP engine that powers the RCZ R, but also a new 67 bhp electric motor found on the rear axle. The petrol engine delivers 266 bhp. Exalt Concept uses the company’s Hybrid4 system that can automatically select the proper driving mode.
This means it can act as a full-electric car for a short period or use both the petrol and the electric motor for top performances. Inside, we spot a steering wheel wrapped in leather that features a wood trim, a digital instrument cluster as well as two touchscreens.
Special sport bucket seats wrapped in leather and a wool-based fabric are also found, together with the black ebony wood trim that comes with a special design motif.