French car manufacturer Peugeot just unveiled its new plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) concept, the EXALT, at the Beijing Motor Show — which opened to the public on April 21st.
The new PHEV, interestingly, incorporates a number of different man-made materials onto the car’s body in order to mimic the look and feel of shark skin. Not something I had ever consciously though that I would want, but I am curious now, so I guess that Peugeot’s approach has worked. 🙂
The “shark skin” supposedly contributes towards the EV’s aerodynamic performance. No further details on that yet, though.
The specs for the vehicle, so far, are that it’s about 4.7 meters long (185 inches), around 1.31 meters tall (51.6 inches), and weighs about 1,700 kg (3,748 pounds). The vehicle is powered by Peugeot’s plug-in HYbrid4 drive train, which links a 270bhp 1.6-liter THP turbocharged gasoline four to a 50kW electric motor — for a combined system output of 340bhp.
“(The) PEUGEOT EXALT is athletic, powerful and sleek, incorporating original materials,” stated Peugeot designer Pierre Paul Mattei. “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.”
While the concept car isn’t likely to enter production anytime soon, there are rumors that a large sedan (for the Chinese market) may incorporate some of the design elements.
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