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The long-rumored 2007 Nissan Altima coupe appears to have been caught by a slyly wielded cameraphone during a commercial shoot. A few shots, posted on VW Vortex yesterday, seem to confirm what we'd been hearing through Nissan's dealership backchannels. That is, that the company will release a coupe version of the Altima sometime early next year, following a hasty introduction at the Detroit auto show. Word is a hybrid version and possible all-wheel-drive variant are in the works for 2008.

Altima Coupe? (pics) [VW Vortex]

Nissan Unveils Altima Hybrid at Orange County Show [internal]