2006 New York Auto Show Coverage by TCC Team (4/10/2006)
It’s been three years since Scion,
The idea behind the development of the FUSE is to show what would be possible with the personalization bent of Scion. According to Mark Templin, Scion vice president, designers have learned a lot about what motivates and inspires Scion buyers and they incorporated the ideas into the FUSE.
Scion says the designers’ goal for the FUSE was to mix digital technology, entertainment, and versatility. In the process, they came up with a model with somewhat sinister looks, achieved mainly by the wrap-around windshield that looks like a visor of a helmet. The FUSE looks like something mysterious lives inside.
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The Fuse is equipped with two horizontal glass panels that run the length of the roof and slide open in both directions. The rear window tapers down to a speed-activated spoiler.
Personalization is taken to a higher level with headlights and fog lamps that can be programmed to illuminate in various colors. Videos and images can be downloaded and viewed on a concealed LCD screen behind the front badge.
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There are three interior arrangements: driving, video, and cargo. In video mode the front passenger seat folds flat and serves as a table or footrest. Passengers can also use a Wi-Fi connection for sending instant messages. In driving mode the video screens turn off and a multi-informational display is used for driver information. In cargo mode, the front passenger seat and rear seats fold down into a flat surface.
When the FUSE is parked it can seat more than the four it normally does, by converting the tailgate into an outdoor seating bench, easily accomplished by the sweep of the foot over an infrared sensor located on the lip of the rear bumper. That opens a sliding hatch, allowing the tailgate to drop down into a curb-high bench. The rear speakers fold out as well. And for picnics and raves, the FUSE features a detachable drink cooler with a retractable handle, integrated into the rear center console.