2006 Scion FUSE Concept

2006 Scion FUSE Concept

What would happen if a Japanese carmaker built an interpretation of the classic 1949 Mercury lead-sled hot rod? The Scion Fuse concept, that's what. The Fuse's low stance, chopped roofline, and sinister expression make it a pretty arresting car to behold, even with its Chrysler 300-style vertical taillights. Developed and built in California, the Fuse is likely a preview of the next-generation tC coupe: Scion discusses the concept's "intention to expand the performance envelope among affordable, entry-level sport coupes." If Toyota's cradle-robbing brand builds an affordable coupe that looks this cool, the car certainly would find its way onto our favorites list. Still, the tC's successor is surely a few years down the road, and many of the Fuse's features are pretty fanciful for production duty. LED turn signals residing at the end of each spoke of the requisite twenty-inch wheels highlight the concept-only bits. A big sunroof, scissor doors, and wi-fi Internet access enhance street cred, while parking-lot cred is assisted by a versatile cabin that includes two flat-screen TVs and front seats that can transform into a footrest/table. A proper truck tailgate is no longer a prerequisite for pregame fun, and the Fuse sports a slick bench that flips out of the rear cargo area. The Fuse also snags a couple tailgating features from the Dodge Caliber: adjustable speakers for tailgating and a cooler for beverages.

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