Alpine X209-WRA-OR Jeep JK Off Road Navigation Head Unit
I happened across the Alpine X209-WRA-OR head unit with off road mode while researching for options to replace the Jeep factory radio in my 2018 JK Unlimited. The X209-WRA-OR is very appealing for a couple reasons. As part of Alpine’s Restyle line the X209-WRA-OR with minor dash modifications it replaces the entire center dash trim. This allows for a 9″ touchscreen. Bigger is after all better. The X209-WRA-OR is water resistant and dust proof which can be extremely important to many jeep jk/jku owners who go offroad and or topless. Another cool feature is the off road mode which displays vehicle data (tilt angle, tire pressure, battery voltage, GPS coordinates. Lastly with a few accessories the Alpine X209-WRA-OR can control accessories like lights and winches through the X209-WRA-OR’s touchscreen.
It’s interesting that the new Jeep model JL seems to have now incorporated the Alpine X209-WRA-OR features standard from the factory radio
The only issue I have with the Alpine X209-WRA-OR is the high price tag. I’m going to wait a while and see if the Alpine X209-WRA-OR price comes down due to the Jeep JK/JKU no longer being the current model.
Alpine X209-WRA-OR In-Dash Head Unit 9″ Weather Resistant Restyle Navigation System with Off-Road Mode for Jeep® Wrangler JK
Alpine dares you to get lost with a 9″ screen leading the way
Wanna take your Jeep Wrangler for a pleasant Sunday drive on the highway and enjoy music, navigation, and more? That’s fine and dandy. But what about going far off the trail with the top down and exposed to the elements? The Alpine X209-WRA-OR navigation receiver, built specifically for 2011-18 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited models, boasts a custom dash kit and 9″ diagonal display that’s protected from water and dirt. It also sports an intuitive interface and special off-road GPS guidance that’ll let you explore areas away from the pavement without fear of getting lost. Finally, you get advanced smartphone integration through both Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™ platforms.
Special off-road GPS and camera display
Alpine improves on the previous iteration of its Jeep Wrangler Restyle receiver with new display features for those times when you go off-road. Off-Road Mode lets the navigation and camera screens show you the Jeep’s vehicle tilt, battery voltage, and tire pressure, so you’re always aware of potentially dangerous situations. You can also have your path recorded — including total distance and time — so you can easily find your way back to the pavement again. You’ll also have your GPS coordinates and compass readings readily available in case you need to call for help or rendezvous at a specific remote location. In Off-Road Mode, you’ll also see Points of Interest (POIs) for popular recreational areas, FunTreks trailheads, and campsites across the United States. If you’re using an Alpine camera, three viewing modes (ground, tire and panorama) help you scan the terrain ahead for potential problems.
Off Road Mode Detail
The X209-WRA-OR has the exclusive Off-Road Mode, a suite of features very useful to Wrangler JK owners of all levels who take their Jeeps off the beaten path. When Off-Road Mode is activated, an off-road centric user interface takes over the navigation or camera screen to deliver the information you need while off-roading. Need to monitor pitch and roll on steep terrain? Use the built-in clinometer to immediately see your Wrangler’s front-to-back and side-to-side angles. Easily view other data like tire pressure, battery voltage, GPS coordinates; and compass readings.
How does it fit?
The included Alpine Restyle package accommodates the X209-WRA-OR in every 2011-17 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited model, from the Sport up through the Rubicon Hard Rock. This package contains a dash kit which replaces a section of your dash, housing the receiver, along with wiring adapters that plug directly into the factory electronics and wiring. Alpine even gives you an iDatalink Maestro module that allows you to keep your steering wheel audio controls and the Jeep Uconnect® features you’ve grown fond of. Once you’ve identified your vehicle, we’ll tell you if this Jeep kit fits it.
Factory functionality with an integrated look
The dash kit doesn’t replicate your Jeep’s dash, but it does offer the same features. The dash kit also offers custom keys that match lighting, color, shape, and style of your Jeep keys, and it lets you keep your climate controls, so you can keep track of the temperature inside and outside your vehicle. Big buttons along the sides of the 9″ display offer simple access to commonly used functions, plus you can see what’s behind you without putting your vehicle into reverse if you’ve got a compatible rear-view camera. You’ll also retain your Jeep’s 12-volt ports.
Take it for a top-down drive
The X209-WRA-OR receiver and bezel are both rated IP53, which makes it protected from spraying water and virtually any dust intrusion. And Alpine brightened the screen so it’ll look great even if you get it a bit dirty or expose it to direct sunlight.
Apple CarPlay brings your apps to your dash
Once you drive with Apple CarPlay, you will not be able to live without it — that’s how easy and safe it is to access select apps on your iPhone®. Once connected, the receiver shows large icons for functions such as Maps, Phone, Messages, Music, Now Playing, and Podcasts. Several streaming apps — including Pandora® — work within the CarPlay interface as well. Drivers can access these functions by touch or through Siri® voice control. Learn more at www.apple.com/ios/carplay.
Android Auto puts you in command
Android Auto works with a simple one-cable connection between your Android™ phone and the X209-WRA-OR radio. You’ll see large icons for many common Android functions and apps on the receiver’s screen, accessible via fingertip or voice control. You can pull up Google Maps™, your phone’s music library, messages, and apps for streaming songs (including Spotify, Pandora, and iHeartRadio) and podcasts without looking at or touching your phone. Android Auto can access your phone’s contact info, allowing you to get in touch via hands-free calling or text messaging. Get more info at www.android.com/auto.
You will need an OS 5.0 (Lollipop) or newer Android smartphone to take advantage of Android Auto, and you’ll need a compatible microUSB cable to connect the phone to the receiver.
GPS guidance without your smartphone
Apple and Google mapping applications are pretty popular, but if you’re in an area with no phone service, good luck finding your way around. The X209-WRA-OR features built-in GPS guidance, so you can take advantage of its maps on the 9″ display while enjoying access to six million points of interest and detailed road maps all across the entire U.S. and Canada. You’ll also have time-saving aids like lane guidance, realistic views of complicated interchanges, and 3D representations of buildings, landmarks, and terrain to help keep you on the right path. You’ll also receive real-time traffic reports in most metropolitan areas for as long as you own the stereo, at no additional cost.
Built-in Bluetooth allows you to use the X209-WRA-OR for hands-free calling and music streaming through your compatible phone. The large touchscreen buttons for dialing and volume allow for convenient operation. Alpine includes an external microphone to maximize the fidelity of your conversations.
Quick access to cool features
The receiver’s “Favorites” button gives you quick access to features you use frequently, like specific radio stations, phone numbers, destination searches, sound settings… anything you’ll want to pull up instantly. One touch adds your choice directly to the favorites menu. Your favorites are tied to your phone’s Bluetooth profile, so the X209-WRA-OR brings up your favorites automatically when you get into your vehicle.
Easy to control with buttons
Not only does the X209-WRA-OR offer easy touchscreen access, you can use the kit’s side buttons to quickly pull up functions like favorites, navigation, phone access, and sound settings without going through menu screens. The dedicated navigation button automatically takes you to Apple CarPlay or Android Auto maps first (if your phone is connected); another push of the button takes you to the Alpine’s built-in navigation. The X209-WRA-OR also offers split-screen sound tuning, so you can adjust the sonic controls and change the tracks at the same time, for adjustments that don’t waste time.
Explore the touchscreen with ease
The 9″ display features capacitive touchscreen control, similar to your smartphone or tablet. You can pinch-to-zoom the receiver’s maps for a better view, or enlarge or shrink album artwork as you please with your fingers. It employs 4-way movement on the screen, so you’re always one swipe away from your favorite functions. Swipe left for navigation, right for A/V commands, up for audio or rear-seat entertainment options, and down for Bluetooth and source selection.
Voice control for Apple and Android
The X209-WRA-OR has a dedicated “Voice” button, which engages Siri voice commands for Apple or Google Voice™ for Android (depending on which kind of phone is paired or connected with the receiver). You’ll be able to engage any number of tasks via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with your voice, so you can keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road.
HD Radio™, Pandora® Internet radio, and more
The X209-WRA-OR offers a smorgasbord of entertainment options:
- HD Radio reception: You’ll enjoy crystal-clear sound quality from participating AM and FM stations, including FM that sounds almost as good as a CD. Plus, you’ll see station and song info on the screen.
- Pandora Internet radio: Pandora lovers will love touchscreen control over their stations, including thumbs up and down, bookmarks, and station lists. Just plug your iPhone into the USB port or use the Bluetooth connection with your Android device.
- iPhone and iPod® control: Browsing for your favorite songs is simple and concise, thanks to an intuitive touchscreen interface and the huge display. You can check out song title, artist info, and album art with a quick glance at the big screen.
- Satellite radio compatibility: You can add SiriusXM programming to the receiver with an optional tuner and your paid subscription.
The X209-WRA-OR also features an MHL-compatible HDMI input, allowing you to connect most compatible Android smartphones and devices. With the correct HDMI cable connected, you’ll be able to view video content from your phone or a portable Blu-ray Disc™ player on the Alpine’s screen while parked. You also keep your front auxiliary input through the dash kit and gain access to a rear USB dock on the receiver. The receiver’s also compatible with Alpine’s HDMI switcher so you can add another HDMI source and an additional USB charging port.
Compatible with Alpine Connect
The Alpine Connect smartphone app lets you explore more as you travel, with content from iHeartRadio, including news, sports, talk, comedy, and a wealth of music channels. The app also incorporates helpful info from Yelp and Glympse when it’s time to find a new spot for food or shopping. It’ll even work with your Spotify account to offer in-dash access to your streams.
Play with your Jeep’s coolest features
If you’ve tricked out your Jeep with add-ons, Alpine’s got you covered. The optional Truck Accessory Controller enables simple system expansion, allowing touchscreen command of up to eight electrical devices like winches, LED lights, interior lights, suspension kits, tire inflators, and differential locks. You can customize the onscreen icons and button labels, so you’ll be able to access your devices with ease.
Preset EQ settings for your Jeep
Alpine’s audio engineers have loaded special Sound Parameters Settings for different vehicles into this receiver. You pick the one that matches your Jeep to get sound that’s custom-EQ’d and time-corrected for your vehicle’s acoustics. Tailored sound, no tweaking required. And speaking of great sound, this Alpine lets you play FLAC audio files from your thumb drive, so you can enjoy your lossless tunes as you travel.
Enhanced sonic controls
You can use your phone’s touchscreen to make the changes to the 9-band parametric equalizer, crossover, and time correction with just a fingertip. You can then share your system and settings with other TuneIt app users, and see what they’ve done as well. You can link your TuneIt account to your Facebook account and get notifications through social media.
The included iDatalink Maestro lets you keep your Jeep’s factory extras
You don’t have to worry about losing your favorite conveniences to get navigation and better sound — the X209-WRA-OR offers compatibility you won’t find in many other aftermarket radios, thanks to the included iDatalink Maestro module. You’ll keep your steering wheel audio controls, your factory amp, safety warning chimes, and Uconnect®, if present. The iDatalink adapter also lets you tap into your vehicle’s diagnostic port, so you can check out expanded functionality including gauges, climate controls, a distance sensor, and tire pressure monitor on the Alpine’s screen.
Bluetooth note: Use of this receiver’s Bluetooth features will depend upon your phone’s Bluetooth capabilities.
Installation Note: You will have to make some modifications to your vehicle to install this Alpine receiver. You will have to cut the factory radio’s rear support bracket and modify the Jeep’s trim panel. You will not be able to reinstall the factory radio.
Some states and localities prohibit or restrict the use of video and information displays in vehicles – it is your responsibility to see if any restrictions or prohibitions apply in your area.
Take The Command Center Beyond The Dash
Have you upgraded your Wrangler JK with accessories like a winch, light bar, air suspension and tire air compressor? No need to add switches that clutter your dash. Now you can conveniently control these accessories directly from the X209-WRA-OR’s touchscreen! The KAC-001 Accessory Controller (sold separately) turns the X209-WRA-OR into a hub to connect and control these accessories. Eight individual outputs are available to control eight relay-connected accessories, and the accessories can be configured as Pulsed, Latched or Momentary Outputs. Graphical icons can be assigned to each accessory for quick identification on the screen.
Alpine X209-WRA-OR Product highlights:
- DVD/CD player with 9″ capacitive touchscreen and AM/FM tuner
- custom-fit receiver designed for select 2011-18 Jeep Wrangler and Wrangler Unlimited models
- includes Alpine Restyle package with all installation parts
- includes iDatalink Maestro ALP-MRR Alpine-specific interface module
- retains factory features, including steering wheel controls and Uconnect
- displays engine performance data and other vehicle data on touchscreen
- IP53 rated receiver and bezel protected against dust and splashing water
- Off-Road Mode
- screen converts to an off-road user interface
- displays vehicle data (tilt angle, tire pressure, battery voltage, GPS coordinates)
- soft keys for map and tracking operation
- built-in Bluetooth for hands-free calling and audio streaming
- built-in HD Radio tuner
- Android Auto compatible
- Apple CarPlay compatible
- Siri Eyes Free control with select iPhones
- Google Now voice control with compatible Android phones
- MHL-compatible HDMI cable required for viewing video content from compatible Android devices
- Pandora control through iPhone and Android
- built-in navigation system with 3D representations of buildings, landmarks, and terrain
- maps of the United States and Canada, plus 6 million points of interest
- Off Road Mode navigation
- points of Interest (POIs) for popular vehicular recreational areas
- FunTreks trailheads
- campsites across the U.S.
- free lifetime HERE traffic service in metropolitan areas
- text-to-speech voice prompts announce actual road names at turns
- lane assistance and junction view
- plays CDs, DVDs, and USB memory devices (see Details for full capabilities)
- plays lossless FLAC audio files from your flash drive
- compatible with Alpine TuneIt App Ver 2.0 for sonic profile settings and adjustments through your smartphone
- 9-band parametric EQ
- time correction
- high- and low-pass crossovers
- compatible with Alpine’s PXA-H800 IMPRINT audio processor
- dual-zone A/V output
- compatible with SiriusXM satellite radio tuner
- compatible with optional Truck Accessory Controller and HDMI Switcher
- inputs: MHL-compatible HDMI input, rear USB input, rear-view camera input
- outputs: digital optical output; rear A/V output; 6-channel preamp outputs (4-volt front, rear, subwoofer)
- Built-in amplifier (18 watts RMS CEA-2006/50 peak x 4 channels)
- CTA-2006 compliant
- MFR # X209-WRA-OR
What’s in the box:
Alpine X209-WRA-OR In-Dash Restyle System owner’s manual
- Alpine X209-WRA-OR:
- DVD/display unit
- Source unit
- 12″ Display cable
- Pre-out harness
- Camera input adapter
- 5′ USB extension cable
- 15″ HDMI cable
- GPS antenna (attached 8′ cable terminated by proprietary connector)
- Remote control (REU-5300)
- CR2025 3V battery (installed in remote)
- 2 HDMI connector brackets with screws
- Self-adhesive mounting pad
- 3 Self-adhesive clips
- 8 Pan-head machine screws (M5x8mm)
- 8 Countersunk machine screws (M5x8mm)
- Quick Reference Guide
- Installation Manual
- “Read Before Installation” note
- Online Product Registration
- Alpine Notification
- “To Customers” note
- “Revision” sheet
- Alpine G-KTX-X209-WRA Kit:
- Dash kit
- Key harness
- 2 Side-brackets
- Rear-support bracket and mounting stud
- Microphone (w/ attached 12.5″ cable)
- Mic bracket
- Two-sided tape
- Alpine ALP–HRN-WRA2
- iDatalink Maestro RR radio replacement interface module (ALP-MRR)
- Main harness
- Antenna adapter
- OEM USB adapter
- USB flashing cable
- SAT radio antenna adapter
- OBDII harness