One of the best looking cars at the show.
The Beijing Motor Show is growing in stature and there have been some attractive concepts showcased at the Asian extravaganza, none more so perhaps than Peugeot’s Exalt sports sedan concept that’s standing center stage at the French automaker’s booth this week. Building on the excellent work it did with the Onyx concept, the Exalt’s bodywork is 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, and aged leather trim.
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. The Exalt concept won’t make it to production but it could form the inspiration for a large sedan exclusive to the Chinese market.