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Country of origin:France
Produced in:2014
Introduced at:2014 Beijing Motor Show
Engine type:Plug-in Hybrid
Source:Company press release
Last updated:April 11, 2014
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Click here to download printer friendly versionWith Exalt, Peugeot unveils its imposing vision of the saloon car by following the approach initiated in 2012 with the Onyx Concept. Exalt aims to please the senses. It stands out at first contact by its radical styling choices and the materials selected.

First seen on Onyx, the distinct line in the bodywork is reinterpreted by the association of bare metal and an efficient textile, Shark Skin, inspired by the unique texture of a shark's skin.

The remarkable acoustic comfort achieved inside permits the discovery of an array of materials - 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.

The technology incorporated makes every journey an experience: Peugeot i-Cockpit, black light, Pure Blue air purifier ... this art of travel is powered by a petrol HYbrid4 drive train with an output of 340bhp.

"Peugeot's 125 year automobile history is punctuated by models that made their mark on their era. With the Exalt Concept, the Brand asserts its position and writes a new chapter. We are moving forward, resolutely and with confidence." Maxime Picat, Peugeot Brand CEO

"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

With its sleek and athletic lines, Exalt embodies the power of Peugeot design. Sitting on wide tracks and powerfully rounded wheel arches, this five-door saloon expresses its style over a length of 4.70m. The alliance of flat surfaces and straight cut lines reconciles aggressiveness and softness.

Exalt chooses to be radical by deleting all superfluous materials, keeping only what is really useful. Its specification comprises materials from the melding of cultures with French and Chinese expertise. Each one of the materials used has been rigorously selected for their efficiency.

"Peugeot Exalt is athletic, powerful and sleek, incorporating original materials. Its cabin, trimmed in natural materials, is dedicated to comfort and instinctive driving. This innovative concept makes the saloon even more attractive and more versatile, in particular the boot with its unique opening mechanism exposing a large boot." Pierre Paul Mattei, Peugeot Exalt Styling Manager

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.

One of a kind, it reinterprets the historical cues that make up automobile passion: taut and dynamic lines, a high waist line, a raked windscreen, a low roof (just 1.31m), a very slender profile that conceals a cabin that is still spacious, tightly shaped side panels with basalt fibre sills and 20-inch wheels.

The long bonnet grows out of the particularly expressive front end where the twin headlamps, set in the bumper, integrate the Brand's recognizable signature lighting. In the middle, the powerful grille emerges from the bodywork and provides the backdrop for the doubly symbolic lion. This is because this animal is both the emblem of the Brand and in Chinese culture, the expression of power and prestige. At the bottom, the flow of air supplying the engine is divided by 'fins' carrying the LED direction indicators.

To improve the drag coefficient, the rear of Exalt is trimmed in Shark Skin, an efficient textile. Due to its technical grain structure, this material resulting from bio-mimicry markedly improves the aerodynamic performance of the vehicle, with the aim of reducing fuel consumption.

Its use is elevated by a straight line making the transition between the rear door and the quarter light, the transition between the grey of the steel and the red of the Shark Skin. This material contributes towards Exalt's aerodynamic performance - with an SCx of 0.6 - in association with other elements: an air extractor in the rear bumper, the curve of the roof and the profiled mirrors.

With such remarkable aerodynamics, the mark left by Exalt on its surroundings is essentially visual. A horizontal band in the hollow of the rear spoiler shows the width of the car and the sculpted facet of the lighting signature.

Peugeot Exalt also provides exceptional versatility for a saloon. The boot works with an innovative pantograph mechanism. This arrangement allows maximum opening while needing less space externally. The boot with its integral motorised aperture reveals a boot with a low load sill. Trimmed in wood, it presents a delightful space and facilitates the handling of luggage.

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