Alpine Electronics of America is now shipping the iLX-F259, an AV radio with the “hovering” 9-inch screen platform. The iLX-F259 is the second model in the Alpine Halo9 lineup, which first launched last year with the iLX-F309.
The new iLX-F259 is an AM/FM/Digital Media Receiver with a 9-inch WVGA touch screen and mechless design (no CD/DVD slot). It uses a single DIN chassis and its screen hovers over the vehicle’s dashboard, allowing the large screen to be added to many vehicles without the need for custom installation.
Features include Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth audio streaming.
The iLX-F259 has a new, customizable user interface based on swipe and drag-and-drop motions. Up to three customized home screens can be created by choosing from 22 widgets. Widgets provide short-cut access to various sources such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Clocks, Bluetooth functions, USB images, and Camera.
The widgets can be dragged-and-dropped onto the home screens and easily changed. Customizable wallpaper can also be made from the user’s own photos or by choosing from several pre-loaded patterns.
The iLX-F259 is SiriusXM ready. It has one universal rear camera input and extra cameras can be added with the optional KCX-C2600B Multi-Camera Selector. Suggested retail price is $800.