Showing its commitment to enhancing the driving experience for GM truck owners, Alpine Electronics debuted a widened lineup of its Alpine Restyle products at the 2016 International CES. The new products go beyond traditional in-dash systems to address the various ways drivers use their trucks and add-on accessories.
“GM truck owners take pride in their trucks and choose accessories to help their drive, whether for work or leisure,” said Steve Crawford, vice president and general manager, aftermarket business unit, Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. “The new Alpine Restyle products for this market are more than just entertainment products, they are tools that drivers can depend on to improve their driving experience.”
A Factory Look, No Matter the Screen Size
There are four Restyle dash systems that can each serve as the centerpiece for an Alpine system optimized for GM trucks. The 10-inch systems – revolutionary designs that represent the largest aftermarket system screen for North America – are the X110-SLV for 2014-up Chevrolet Silverados and the X110-SRA for 2014-up GMC Sierras. The 9-inch models – which are still larger than the industry standard 2-DIN screen size – are the X009-GM for select 2007-2013 GM trucks with lower dash radio and 2007-2014 GM SUVs, and the X009-GM2 for select GM 2007-2013 full size trucks with upper dash radio. 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.
X009-GM and X009-GM2 9-Inch Restyle Dash Systems
The X009-GM and X009-GM2 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 models are SiriusXM-Ready and connect to the SiriusXM SXV300 Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit (sold separately, subscription required). Video features include a high-resolution screen and HDMI input for connectivity to HDMI-enabled devices and an HDMI output for digital connection to a rear seat entertainment system. 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 OnStar from GM, 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.
X110-SLV and X110-SRA 10-Inch Restyle Dash Systems
The X110-SLV and X110-SRA have new features appearing for the first time ever on Alpine products, as well as the same capabilities as the 9-inch models. Leading the list of new features is the large 10-inch capacitive WXGA touch screen, which comes with a vehicle specific trim bezel with crystal back-lit keys and a rotary encoder knob. The X110-SLV uses a blue color scheme for the crystal keys and graphical user interface (GUI) which matches the Silverado’s dashboard and gauge cluster, while the X110-SRA uses a red color scheme to match the Sierra’s dashboard and gauge cluster.
The X110-SLV and X110-SRA feature a new GUI based on a new graphics rendering engine with 4-way swipe action control — left, right, down and up. A left swipe accesses 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.
System Expansion for 10-inch Restyle Dash Systems
When used with the optional KAC-001 External Accessory Control Module (sold separately), the X110-SLV and X110-SRA become a hub for convenient touch screen control of up to eight add-on truck accessories like a motorized tonneau cover, air suspension, light bar, winch, headlights, etc. A graphical icon and custom text label can be assigned to each accessory for quick identification on the screen. Eight individual outputs are available to control eight relay-connected accessories, and each output can be configured as pulsed, latched or momentary output. The KCX-C250MC Multi-Camera Controller (sold separately) allows as many as three camera systems to be added to the vehicle and controlled from the touch screen. Video entertainment can be enjoyed by the back seat passengers with the addition of the PKG-RSE4AP rear seat entertainment system with 11.4-inch flip-down screen (sold separately). It features a direct HDMI input for connection to the X110-SRA and X110-SLV. Unique to the PKG-RSE4AP is the Plasmacluster technology, which reduces bacteria from the truck’s interior by decreasing contaminants and odors via charged particle attraction for a cleaner in-vehicle environment.
Truck Sound Systems and Tailgate Handle Camera
Rounding out the specific offerings for GM trucks and SUVs are two sound systems and a tailgate handle camera. The new PSS-31GM 3-Way Direct Fit Sound System Package is optimized for select 2014-up GM full size trucks. The package consists of the SPT-31GM 3-way component direct-fit speaker system, an MRV-V500 5-channel V-Power amplifier and Alpine’s unique 10-inch Zero Space Subwoofer. The SPT-31GM upgrades the truck’s speaker system from a 2-way to a 3-way system by supplying 8-inch woofers (for the front doors), 6.5-inch coaxial speakers (for the rear doors) and 3-inch midrange speakers plus 1-inch tweeters (installed in the dash) which all fit in the factory speaker locations. The kit comes with speaker pods that are Alpine engineered for the compatible trucks and create a factory-fit look (the SPT-31GM is also available as its own packaged speaker system). The subwoofer assembly comes with a specifically tuned enclosure for 2014-up GM trucks and attaches to the back wall behind the rear seat in the truck so it doesn’t take up any usable space under a seat. It’s tuned for deep bass and creates low-frequency extension by coupling the enclosure to the cabin vents behind the seat. All needed installation hardware like amplifier wiring and speaker adapters are included.
Still available is the PSS-21GM Sound System Package for 2007-2013 GM full size trucks. Included in the package are the SPT-21GM GM truck speaker system (consisting of 2-way, 6 ½-inch component speakers for the front doors, 6 ½-inch coaxial speakers for the rear doors, and custom speaker pods that fit the compatible trucks), an MRV-V500 5-channel amplifier and a 10-inch Zero Space Subwoofer for 2007-2013 GM full size trucks. The SPT-21GM is available on its own as a speaker system or as part of the complete PSS-GM21 sound system.
The HCE-TG130GM Tailgate Handle Camera System is specifically designed for 2007-2013 GM trucks. It consists of a rear view camera system with a tailgate handle surround bezel and integrated LED reverse lights. It replaces the stock tailgate handle surround bezel for direct bolt-in installation and has a keyable lock cylinder to deter theft. There are four viewing modes, each of which are especially helpful for truck drivers: normal view to back into parking spaces; ground view to see the area directly under the camera to help with connecting to a tow hitch; split view to identify objects on the left and right corners; and panorama view to see the entire driveway when backing out.