Alpine Ships Nav Solution for 2018-UP Jeep Wrangler, 2019-UP Jeep Gladiator
Alpine is now shipping the 9-inch X409-WRA-JL weather-resistant mech-less (no CC/DVD player) in-dash navigation system with off-road mode, as a direct-fit solution for the new 2018-UP Jeep Wrangler and 2019-UP Jeep Gladiator.
The plug-and-play model brings user interface enhancements including faster screen transitions, according to Alpine. It offers a vehicle-specific dash bezel and a factory-compatible wiring harness that makes for a direct-fit remedy for the dash as well as integrated operation in the vehicle, enabling factory-installed features such as volume knob, steering wheel controls and HVAC system control to be retained, the company says.
The X409-WRA-JL has built-in Bluetooth and is rated IP53 for protection against dust and ingress, with the dash bezel precisely fitted to house the screen so no water or dust can enter the electronics assembly.
The unit’s Off-Road Mode provides off-road centric vehicle information such as vehicle tilt, tire pressure, optimized camera view, and the FunTreks trailhead POI (points of interest) database displayed on the unit’s WVGA screen. That screen also features capacitive touch control, and a GUI that is swipe-responsive and optimized for in-vehicle smartphone use so drivers can access Apple CarPlay or Android Auto for music, messages, or maps while keeping their eyes on the road. An Off-Road Recording feature lets drivers revisit favorite off-road adventures.
Third-party driving maps like Google Maps and Waze are available through Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, or in areas that don’t have strong cellphone service, the X409-WRA-JL comes with built-in navigation with Turn-By-Turn and Pinch-to-Zoom maps of the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico with The Latest Map Guarantee.
The X409-WRA-JL retains the factory rear-view camera with three additional camera inputs that can be assigned as a front or side camera. For multiple camera systems, the KCX-C250MC Multi-Camera Selector (sold separately) allows the camera systems to be controlled right from the touchscreen.
With the optional KAC-0001 External Accessory Controller, drivers can display up to eight accessories directly from the touchscreen.
Audio entertainment sources include a built-in HD Radio Tuner, Pandora via a smartphone, iPod/iPhone music, various music file formats including FLAC/MP3/WMA/AAC/HE-AAC playback via USB and SiriusXM compatibility (tuner and subscription required).
For more entertainment options, a “Media” center that matches the factory look may be added to the lower-right-hand side of the dash with one HDMI input, dual USB for smartphone access (one device at a time) or charging, and an Aux input.
The X409-WRA-JL is available now at Alpine authorized retailers including Crutchfield, or online at www.alpine-usa.com, for $2,999.95.