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2001 Nissan Alpha-T Concept

In 2001, Nissan unveiled the Alpha-T concept at the Detroit Auto Show, making a bold statement about its entry into the full-size pickup market. The concept, with its aggressive styling, featured a distinctive front grille, massive bumper, and unique headlights. The innovative cabin boasted four doors with butterfly action, a glass roof, and a retractable rear window.

Functionality was a priority with the Alpha-T, offering a practical bed with tie-down points, a power slide-out bed floor, and a built-in toolbox in the tailgate. Powering this concept was a robust 300-horsepower 4.5-liter V8 engine, complemented by 4-wheel drive and a 4-speed automatic transmission.

Three years later, Nissan fulfilled its commitment by introducing the Titan pickup, even though its design differed significantly from the Alpha-T. The Alpha-T concept wasn't just a showcase; it served as a precursor to Nissan's impactful presence in the full-size truck market, showcasing both radical design and robust performance.

Sources: Chicago Auto Show, Concept Nissan, "A letter in the alphabet" (Mikhail Vasiliev) - MOTOR Magazine, March 2001.

Images: Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.

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