On its Beijing  show stand, Peugeot is presenting the hybrid EXALT Concept Car alongside 16 production vehicles.

Directly inspired by the ONYX Concept, Peugeot said the EXALT Concept Car achieves an alliance of differences for a completely original result. Its specification includes traditional and technological materials with expertise from French and Chinese cultures.

In homage to the art of the French vehicles from the twenties and thirties, its bare steel bodywork is hand-formed by a master panel beater, said Peugeot. The vehicle presents a ‘coupe franche’ (clean cut): separating bare steel from an new material, Shark Skin, which is red and which covers the whole rear end of the vehicle.

Peugeot added the interior of this concept, with four doors and four individual seats, offers the traditional Chinese craft of working in wood, a quite exceptional field for expression. Accordingly, Macassar ebony, selected for the area in Asia where it grows and its warm colour, which covers the upper parts of the door panels, has been worked on by a pair of Chinese artists. The trio PINWU Design agency created a motif combining a lion with bamboo stems and leaves. A Chinese craftsman sculpted it using a traditional technique for creating prints on fabric and paper.

Secure in their bucket seat, the driver has the use of the Peugeot i-Cockpit, designed for complete driving enjoyment, said the French manufacturer.

Technically-speaking, Peugeot stated the EXALT Concept Car is equipped with a plug-in HYbrid4 drive train with a total power of 340 horsepower, combining a 1.6-liter THP 270 horsepower engine coupled to a 6-speed automatic gearbox and a 50 kilowatt electric motor. The electric motor is located in the rear axle, allowing four-wheel drive.