Alpine is on hand at CES to roll out yet another Android Auto head unit, but this one might be more appealing to those with limited dash space. The iLX-F309 has a big 9-inch LCD, but it doesn't need that much space available in your dash thanks to a wacky floating design. Yes, the image above shows CarPlay, but just pretend it's Android Auto.
The iLX-F309 uses a single DIN slot, so many more vehicles can accommodate it. The display attaches to the dash and floats out in front of the main chassis. This allows you to have a big 9-inch display without custom installation work. However, the screen is only WVGA (800x480) resolution.
It supports both CarPlay and Android Auto, but one thing you won't find is a disc slot. Alpine had to ditch the legacy hardware to make this floating design a reality. I suspect most people will be fine with that. There's no reason you can't keep tracks on your phone these days. Alpine will launch the iLX-F309 next month with a retail price of $1,100.
TORRANCE, Calif., Jan. 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Looking to fulfill consumer requests for a large screen aftermarket system that doesn't require custom installation, Alpine Electronics today launched the iLX-F309, an in-dash system that brings the 9-inch screen size to a variety of vehicles, during the 2018 International CES taking place Jan. 9-12 at the Las VegasConvention Center.
"Alpine blazed the trail with the first vehicle-specific 9-inch systems back in 2014, targeted to trucks and SUVs, but consumers have continued to request a model that will fit into a variety of vehicles," said Mike Anderson, vice president and general manager, aftermarket business unit, Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. "The iLX-F309 represents a new step as it brings the 9-inch screen into a number of vehicles without the need for custom installation."
The iLX-F309 is an AM/FM/audio/video receiver with a 9-inch WVGA touch screen and mech-less design (no CD/DVD slot). It uses a 1-DIN chassis for installation but the screen "hovers" in front of the vehicle's dash, allowing the oversize screen to be added to a variety of vehicles without the need for custom installation. The iLX-F309's "HALO9" nickname is descriptive for the screen's unique hovering position and its 9-inch size.
Alpine continues to be the only major aftermarket manufacturer to offer complete systems that are larger than the standard 6.1 or 7-inch screens. Up to this point, Alpine's 9 and 10-inch models were vehicle-specific and required special dash bezels to not disrupt the layout or electronics of the vehicle's dashboard. The introduction of the iLX-F309 HALO9 and its hovering screen now brings the 9-inch form factor into many more vehicles.
The 9-inch screen is attached to an adjustable mount connected to a 1-DIN chassis. Once installed, the screen and mount are fixed to the chassis for a sturdy installation. The screen hovers over or in front of the dash while its rear housing tapers off cleanly at the edges for a thin and modern silhouette. At its default position, the screen's sliding mount is pushed out, sitting at a 90 degree angle and the bottom of the screen is centered with the 1-DIN chassis. At this point, the screen can be angled at select positions to assist during installation, help with visibility, or move it away from other items on the dashboard. The screen can be positioned 20 millimeters (mm) back from its default position, to move it closer to the dashboard. It can be moved up or down 30mm from its default position and can be tilted up or down at a maximum of 45 degrees, depending on the position of the up/down location.
The iLX-F309 has a suite of entertainment features. Its mech-less design is suited for smartphone compatibility through Apple CarPlay® or Android Auto™ with the Google Assistant. Maps, music, messages and phone calls from the iPhone®or Android™ phone are controlled from and displayed on the iLX-F309's touch screen. The iLX-F309 also has Bluetooth®wireless technology with audio streaming, a built-in HD Radio™ tuner, and is SiriusXM™ Ready (requires SiriusXM SXV300 Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit, sold separately, and SiriusXM subscription). There is a USB port for video or audio playback (FLAC [Free Lossless Audio Codec], MP3, WMA and AAC), an AUX input, and an HDMI input. A second HDMI input can be added via the KCX-630HD HDMI Selector (sold separately). A CD/DVD player can also be added via the DVE-5300 CD/DVD player (sold separately). Select factory features are retained and vehicle information is displayed when used with the iDatalink® Maestro® module (sold separately, retained features and vehicle information vary by vehicle).
The iLX-F309 has a rear camera input and overlays guidelines onto the camera image on the 9-inch screen to aid with distance judging (camera sold separately). Multiple cameras (for the rear and side) can be added when used through the KCX-C250MC Multi-Camera Switcher (sold separately). Electrical accessories like a light bar or motorized tonneau cover can be controlled by the iLX-F309's touch screen when connected to the KAC-001 External Accessory Controller (sold separately),
The iLX-F309 will be available at authorized Alpine retailers in February for $1,100 SRI. Visit www.alpine-usa.com for a store locator.
iLX-F309 Mech-less 9-inch Audio/Video Receiver
- 9-inch WVGA capacitive touch screen
- Audio, video and Bluetooth® feature set
- Works with Apple CarPlay®
- Android Auto™ now with the Google Assistant
- HD Radio™ tuner built-in
- Made for iPod® and iPhone®
- SiriusXM-Ready™ (SXV300 Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit sold separately, SiriusXM subscription required)
- Pandora® control from iPhone® and Android™ smartphones
- FLAC/MP3/WMA/AAC/HE-AAC music playback via USB
- Alpine TuneIt® App integration
- BT Plus Bluetooth® wireless technology with audio streaming
- My Favorites feature provides custom shortcuts to favorite audio sources, places and phone numbers
- Touch screen control of electrical accessories via KAC-001 External Accessory Control Module (sold separately)
- 4-way swipe action graphical interface control
- Touch screen control of multiple camera systems via KCX-C250MC Multi-Camera Selector Interface (sold separately
- One HDMI input or expand via KCX-630HD HDMI Selector Interface (sold separately)
- Available February, SRI: $1,100
Product information is based upon current information at the time of press, but cannot be guaranteed. All designs, features, specifications and delivery dates are subject to change without notice.