Well that's rubbish, they got halfway through building the car and changed their minds. Philistine. This is the Peugeot Exalt concept car, and the French marque knows exactly what it's doing – it's creating the last word in automotive luxury.
So why is the car's front end made out of one thing and the back end made out of another? Well, the front is made of bare steel, hand-formed by a master panel beater – by way of tribute to the car manufacturing processes of the 1920s. The back end is altogether more modern, being trimmed in a synthetic shark skin material; Peugeot claims that it improves the car's aerodynamic efficiency.
Nice looks. What about the car underneath? The Exalt's built on the same EMP2 platform found on the likes of the Peugeot 308; it's a hybrid, with the 1.6 THP engine found on the RCZ R augmented with a 67bhp electric motor. But Peugeot's keeping the focus firmly on the materials and build rather than the guts of the car.
And what materials are those?To complement the bare metal and "shark skin" on the outside, Peugeot's taken a similarly unconventional approach to the interior. It's trimmed in leather and chiné – a natural wool-based mixed fabric with a gauzy texture. Instead of the typical carbon fibre detailing, Peugeot's used basalt fibre on the seats, dash and doors. And the sweeping ebony centre console – complete with piano-inspired switches – extends around to the passenger door, where it's hand-carved into a lion-and-bamboo relief.
Lovely. What about the tech? Tucked away inside that centre console are two fold-out touchscreens. One controls navigation systems and entertainment, while the second controls the AC and Peugeot's Pure Blue air purifier – which treats the cabin with bactericides and fungicides. There's also a black light system built into the headlights, making road markings more visible at night.
So, how much does it cost? Ah, therein lies the rub. This is a concept car, so even if it makes it to forecourts, it's not going to be in this form. And if it does, it's likely to be exclusive to China – Peugeot is targeting the luxury Asian market with this car. Still, it's an interesting look at the design language of future Peugeot cars – we hope the beaten-metal panels make it onto some production models.
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