By Tim Smith
Listen, we all have our own dogmatic ways of speaking. It gets us by. It makes us feel important in our tiny little bubbles of life and work. I get it. I do it myself.
‘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.’
Holy mother of lions that’s some language right there. Also, the name, EXALT. IN CAPS.
How about this:
‘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.’
It has a large boot.
I know, how about we just look at it?
That brushed panel look is because the body was hand beaten (ahem). Which, actually, is quite cool.
I think you may agree it looks quite good, and from the emphasis in the release, this car is allll about China.
Power-train is, as you’d expect, a hybrid. A 270bhp version of the PSA THP 1.6 engine that you can find in quite a lot of things that have either Lion, Double Chevron or MINI badge on the front or back is coupled to a 50kW electric motor featuring brake energy recovery. Total power output is claimed to be 340bhp.
It looks really quite good, and is most likely a preview of something China-bound. That market is currently paying quite a lot of people’s mortgages, so this is probably a great move by PSA.
Just, you know, show us some love over here in jolly ol’ Europe, too. Oh, and let the work do the talking…