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After the early peek yesterday, the veil has been lifted off the Beijing-bound Peugeot Exalt Concept. We now have full details and an official gallery of the radical four-door coupe Pug. How is it radical, you ask? Check out “Shark Skin” textile bodywork and raw wood interior!

While the earlier Onyx Concept featured copper body panels, the new design study goes a step further by having hand beaten bare steel bodywork, which apparently mimics classic French vehicles from the Twenties and Thirties. Adds quite a bit of drama to it, that’s for certain.

The rear end is covered in the aforementioned “Shark Skin” textile, which has positive aerodynamic properties to actively cut the drag on the concept model. No real sharks were harmed in the making, don’t worry.

If anything, the Exalt’s interior is even more left-field. The small steering wheel (which is hardly round anymore) is trimmed in leather and a natural wool-based fabric, while two touchscreen displays are hidden away out of sight within the wood centre console.

A set of seven toggle switches control the various functions, including a black light system built into the headlamps, which reduce visibility issues during the transition between day and night. There’s also a “Pure Blue” air treatment system that uses bactericides and fungicides when the vehicle is not is use.

It’s not all just for show either, as there’s a working plug-in Hybrid4 powertrain under all the fancy metal- and wood-work. The bonnet houses a 270 hp turbocharged 1.6 litre petrol engine from the RCZ R and 308 R Concept, which is then matched to a 50 kW electric motor mounted at the rear axle for a combined output of 340 hp.