In-Car Tech: Showtime! The Cars of 2012 CES
Alpine GMC Yukon
In the Alpine tradition, the company displayed its 2012 product line in the “N” rooms of the LVCC. This year’s feature vehicle was a GMC Yukon outfitted with a tasteful audio system installed by Gary Bell. According to Bell, “my only real requirements were to keep the factory panels intact. Otherwise, the goal was to create an AV system upgrade that sounded great without massive amounts of customization.”
The centerpiece of the system is Alpine’s new 8” touch-screen navigation A/V head unit that pairs with its ‘Perfect Fit’ program of custom dash kits to tastefully integrate an aftermarket head unit to look like it might have been a super-premium factory option. Alpine Type-R 6.5” component speakers with custom acrylic grille ring inserts with pressed grill mesh reside in the front doors while Type-R coaxials provide the sound in the rear doors. A pair of 10” Type-S subwoofers in a custom enclosure occupies the space behind the Yukon’s third row seat. The enclosure is a unique seven-piece design that gives the illusion of ‘floating’ under a big X-shaped cover. The X theme is for the MRX-M110 X-Power sub amplifier that drives the subwoofers.
Other Alpine goodies include a rear-view camera system, a 10.2” overhead DVD rear-seat entertainment system and a remote subwoofer level controller to keep the bass rocking whether playing movies or music.
“I wanted to do something that people would spend time looking at, and if I can make somebody stop and take it in then I have done my job building a demo vehicle,” said Bell.
Scosche Accumat sound-deadening materials line the inner and outer door skins as well as the roof panels to further enhance the effectiveness of the relatively modest power in the system. Of course a host of other cool interior and appearance upgrades were also done, including an Alea leather interior kit, a custom Stitchcraft made headliner, Onyx 24” wheels wrapped in Falken tires, lowered suspension, K40 radar detector and Spyder projector headlights.
One thing is for sure, you never know what you’ll see for demo cars at CES. It’s nice to see the trend supporting cars that are focused on impeccable sound. Or, from a retailer’s perspective, one that will put people in the seats to demonstrate a great sound experience and create excitement!