Following the 2012 Onyx Concept of a luxury high performance car, Peugeot will shortly be unveiling, at the Beijing Motor Show, its Exalt Concept of a luxury flagship designed with the Chinese wealthy buyers in mind.
It shows the French understanding and vision of style and luxury combined with high performance, dynamic look, a sporting character and that French touch of practicality.
Indeed the Exalt concept suggest a new kind of five-door, fastback, high tail, architecture in a 4700mm. long (relatively compact to Chinese standards for luxury cars) that features a low silhouette, with the maximum height limited to 1310mm. and sitting on 20 inches wheels.
The bodywork treatment enhance the production technology and materials with the use of bare stainless steel skin and shark-skin textile at the rear.
According to the company this new material improves aerodynamics.
Another distinctive character of the exterior design is a new black light system that enhances visibility under critical conditions such as one finds at dawn or dusk.
The overall length of the car can be relatively compact and yet grant a large and comfortable cabin because of the minimalist Hybrid powertrain that is made of a very compact 1.6 litres, turbocharged, petrol engine of the RCA R sport cars that delivers as much as 198 kW ( 266 HP) and a 50 kW (67 HP) electric motor driving the rear axle.
The powertrain is governed by Peugeot’s Hybrid 4, artificial intelligence that selects the most appropriate use of power and traction or propulsion, on two or four wheel. Indeed the system chooses from pure electric drive (from the rear wheels), pure petrol drive (from front wheels) or both power sources driving all wheels.
The interior design is positively modern and, as far as materials are concerned, it is consequent with the approach to the exterior design with the greatest emphasis on natural material, from wool-based ‘chiné’ and sophisticated fabrics to fine leather, and simple surface, a Chinese touch of sculpture (sunk relief), high tech details (including two folding touch-screens) and the overall atmosphere of a private lounge.
As the following images show, Peugeot's designers have taken a rather liberal, artists like, approach to creativity and inspired their design to oldtimer techniques or other product designs. The Exalt should be seen also in relation to recent projects developed by the newly established Peugeot Design Lab, that we will post here shortly.
“With EXALT, PEUGEOT unveils its vision of the saloon, combining a sleek design with versatility. This radical approach and original qualities make EXALT instantly desirable.” Gilles Vidal, PEUGEOT Director of Style
PEUGEOT i-Cockpit, black light,
Natural wool-based ‘chiné’ mixed fabric, aged leather, bare steel and ebony – used to finish the cabin. This high end variety of wood takes on its Chinese identity through the design created by the trio PINWU Design agency.
“I was inspired by the musical world for this project. Colour is a fundamental notion in it.
Notes combine together to create a score which is profoundly moving. This is how technology and tradition merge together in EXALT. In the PEUGEOT i-Cockpit, a digital instrument panel is side by side with toggle switches. The result is pure and timeless.” Alessandro Riga, PEUGEOT EXALT Interior Stylist.
Nine Toggle Switches are located on the dashboard, evocative in their design of the world of music.
They are arranged in two groups, two to the left of the small steering wheel, seven to the right. This distribution was adopted because of the human brain’s ability to easily remember up to seven elements, for their position and their function.
PEUGEOT EXALT is irresistibly attractive to all motoring enthusiasts, whatever their origin.
This concept combines western elegance and eastern sophistication.
Fengyou Gong, PEUGEOT China Stylist
In homage to the art of the French motor car from the twenties and thirties, its bare steel bodywork is hand-formed by a master panel beater.