A Factory Look, No Matter the Model
There will be three 9-inch Restyle dash systems for the Jeep Wrangler in 2016: the new i109-WRA with Apple CarPlay, the currently available X009-WRA, and the new X109-WRA with system expansion capabilities. All three models are Alpine engineered for 2011-up Jeep Wranglers. Each comes with a dash bezel that replaces the OEM radio for a factory look and vehicle specific wiring harnesses for plug and play installation.
i109-WRA 9-Inch Restyle Dash System with Apple CarPlay
The i109-WRA is Alpine’s first model to offer Apple CarPlay compatibility in a 9-inch screen platform and is the largest system in the aftermarket to feature Apple CarPlay support. Apple CarPlay is the smarter, safer way to use your iPhone in the car. You can make and receive calls, access text messages, play music and get directions optimized for traffic conditions, all in a way that allows you to stay focused on the road. Apple CarPlay features Siri voice control in addition to working with touchscreen controls. Corresponding audio, driving directions and phone calls are played through the vehicle’s speaker system. Apple CarPlay uses a Lightning connector and is compatible with iPhone 5 and later, including iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the latest version of iOS. To further appeal to the Jeep Wrangler driver, the 1109-WRA has an opening screen and graphical user interface (GUI) with Wrangler-inspired styling.
X009-WRA and X109-WRA 9-Inch Restyle Dash Systems
The X009-WRA and X109-WRA are 9-inch Restyle dash systems with audio, video and navigation feature sets. Audio sources include a built-in HD Radio receiver, iPhone and iPod music control through the “Made for iPod and iPhone” compatibility, audio streaming, and Pandora control from iPhone and Android smartphones. Both new models are SiriusXM-Ready and connect to the SiriusXM SXV300 Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit (sold separately, subscription required). The X109-WRA also has FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) music playback via USB. Video features include a high-resolution screen and HDMI input for connectivity to HDMI-enabled devices. The X109-WRA also has an HDMI output for digital connection to a rear seat entertainment system (KCX-630HD HDMI switcher required). Navigation benefits include pre-loaded maps of the United States, Canada, more than seven million Points of Interest (POIs) and free lifetime HERE Traffic RDS service.
Both models have Alpine’s advanced Bluetooth wireless technology and MediaXpander technology for better playback of compressed media, improved audio streaming and enhanced phone call sound quality. The models also come with an iDatalink Maestro module to retain select factory vehicle controls and features like the voice activated Uconnect media player, steering wheel controls and visual parking guides when used with a rear view camera. Customized vehicle information such as tire pressure, battery voltage and user selectable gauges can also be viewed on the screen. The “My Favorites” feature lets users customize a quick-access screen with shortcuts to their most-used features like audio sources, navigation commands and phone settings.
System Expansion and Additional Features for the X109-WRA
A new feature is the ability for the X109-WRA to control other Jeep Wrangler accessories for system expansion. When used with the optional KAC-001 External Accessory Control Module (sold separately), the X109-WRA becomes a hub for touch screen control of up to eight add-on accessories like a light bar, winch, headlights, etc. A graphical icon and custom text label can be assigned to each accessory for quick on-screen identification. Each accessory can be configured as pulsed, latched or momentary outputs. Jeep Wrangler drivers who use multiple camera systems to navigate off road adventures will find the KCX-C250MC Multi-Camera Controller (sold separately) helpful. This optional module can control up to three camera systems from the X109-WRA’s touch screen. The name of each camera system appears on the touch screen, so a simple press of the desired system brings up the available viewing options from that camera.
The X109-WRA uses a capacitive touch screen accompanied by the new GUI (graphical user interface) with 4-way swipe action control (left, right, up, down). The user is always one swipe away from the most commonly accessed functions. A left swipe accesses the navigation commands, a right swipe accesses audio and video commands, a swipe down accesses adjustments to the audio system or rear seat entertainment system (sold separately) and a swipe up accesses Bluetooth and source selection. Within the audio and video page, the user can swipe across to access the entertainment sources connected to the system.
Smartphone connectivity powered by Airbiquity for iPhone and Android based smartphones will feature a portfolio of useful and popular infotainment content. The companion Alpine Connect smartphone app will provide simple content selection and user personalization. The content features will integrate into Alpine user and navigation interfaces for enhanced user convenience. Alpine Connect content for April 2016 retail availability will include Spotify for streaming music and playlists; iHeartRadio for streaming live radio stations from across the country, custom music stations, 24/7 news, on-demand podcasts, and the best in sports, talk and comedy programming; Yelp for finding local places to eat, drink, and shop; and Glympse for sharing locations with friends and family. Additional content will be added to the Alpine Connect portfolio at later dates.
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