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Peugeot Builds on Onyx with Exalt Concept

Comes with sharkskin and a hybrid powerplant.

This is the follow-up to 2012's show-stopping Peugeot Onyx concept the French carmaker has dubbed the Exalt concept. Utilizing unusual materials is what connects the two concepts, with the Exalt's bodywork made up of hand-beaten bare steel panels and a unique sharkskin-like textile wrapping the back end. The design of the 4.7 meter-long five-door sedan was inspired by French cars of the 1920s and 1930s, while the elegant concept rides on 20-inch alloys.

Twin headlamps, a long hood, widebody stance and aero creases down the side afford the concept a visually striking quality, while the faux sharkskin rear end is said to improve the Exalt's aero performance, contributing to its low drag co-efficient. Inside, the combination of vintage and avant-garde continues with bare metal contrasting with a steering wheel trimmed in a wool-based material, black ebony wood trim, a basalt fiber that's more eco-friendly than carbon, 3D-printed inserts to hide the speakers and aged leather trim has been clamped as opposed to cut using so-called 'gentleman's bespoke tailoring' methods.

A digital instrument panel, folding touchscreens on the center console and toggle switches on the dash complete the unique cabin. All in, the Peugeot Exalt weighs around 1,700 kg, which has been neatly offset by a hybrid powertrain consisting of a 1.6-liter inline-four rated at 270 horses mated to a six-speed auto and a 70-hp electric motor powering the rear axle for a combined output of 340 hp. No performance details were forthcoming but with Peugeot presenting the Exalt concept in Beijing next week, we won't be waiting too long for the full skinny.

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