Alpine said at KnowledgeFest it will produce more universal car radios for 2017, broadening its line beyond Restyle truck radios.
In addition, Alpine will add more CarPlay and Android Auto radios at CES, said Alpine’s Mike Anderson and Steve Brown.
‘Now that the Restyle vehicle specific program is set, we can [bring in] in more traditional product. We will have a more universal line. That being said, we’re still absolutely committed to vehicle specific systems,’ said Anderson.
Brown added, “I think our specialists will be very happy with the line.”
Of the current Restyle products, Jeep Wrangler models have proven the best sellers, they said, as the Wrangler customer base likes to accessorize their trucks.
Additionally, at KnowledgeFest, Alpine added a new rear view camera system for the 2007-Up Jeep Wrangler JK. The model HCE-TCAM1-WRA is the second Alpine camera system developed for a specific vehicle.
It has a 3-in-1 design that includes a rear view camera, LED third brake light, and LED reverse light in a 7-inch round waterproof housing. It attaches to the spare tire mount.
Drivers see a color image from the rear camera on their in-dash screen.
The camera has plug and play installation when used with one of Alpine’s three 9-inch Restyle Wrangler systems. The camera is also compatible with other aftermarket radios or factory radios (with optional adapter).
The HCE-TCAM1-WRA is available now for $450.
Also shown at KnowledgeFest was an ice chest that can hook up to a 12 volt plug or a or 7-pin trailer plug. It has built in Alpine speakers and a Bluetooth connection. Alpine partnered with Grizzly Coolers to produce the 60-quart cooler that will ship in October (model PWD-CB1).
Photo: Mike Anderson (left) and Steve Brown sitting on Alpine cooler with built-in sound system.