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Alpine Keeps On Truckin’

LAS VEGAS — Alpine comes to International CES with an expanded lineup of 9-inch car-navigation systems bundled with install kits and factory-databus interfaces for installation in specific SUVs and full-size trucks.

One of the latest vehicles to get an Alpine Restyle navigation package is the Dodge Ram truck for the 2013 and later model years. The X009-Ram system with install kit, whose pricing was unavailable, joins the $3,000-suggested X009-FD1 for select Ford F-150 trucks and the $3,000 X009-GM for select GM trucks and SUVs.

A $2,700 X009U kit is intended for custom installation in a variety of trucks and SUVs. The X009-Ram consists of the X009 AVN double-DIN multimedia/navigation receiver, Ram-specific cosmetically-matched dash kit, Ram-specific wiring harnesses, and iDatalink Maestro module to interface with the Ram’s factory databus. The X009 is the only navigation system with 9-inch screen on the market.

When used with the supplied iDatalink Maestro module, the X009-Ram is compatible with all Ram OEM radio configurations, except for the 8.4-inch OEM screen, and displays customizable gauges and vehicle information on its 9-inch screen.

The head unit also features built-in HD Radio receiver, iPod/iPhone USB, Pandora control from iPhones and Android phones, hands-free Bluetooth, and stereo Bluetooth. It is also SiriusXM-ready.

The head unit is also compatible with the Alpine TuneIt App, including the planned 2.5 version, to tune the sound system to compensate for the vehicle’s interior acoustics.

Other new products on display include a new V-Power amp and a new Bluetooth-equipped CD receiver. V-Power amps are positioned as offering “dependable power at friendly prices,” a spokesperson said. The new MRV-V500 five-channel digital amp joins two mono models and a four-channel model.

The single-DIN CDE-164BT CD receiver features Alpine TuneIT app compatibility and Advanced BT Plus Bluetooth technology, which uses Alpine DSP expansion to improve the quality of music streamed over Bluetooth.