ArrowBack To Company

Press Releases

ArrowBack To Company

January 7th 2020

Alpine's 2020 Jeep Gladiator Switchback Pays Homage to Classic Alpine Stereos

Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. showed a 2020 Jeep® Gladiator “Switchback” demo car at the 2020 International CES which is open now through Jan. 10, 2020, at the Las Vegas Convention Center.


We designed a demo vehicle to reflect the exclusive systems that Alpine developed for Jeep® with a nod to our design identity heritage,”  said Mike Anderson, Vice President and General Manager, Brand Business Unit, Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. “Jeepers are unique in that they often have a bit of the outdoors in the interior of their vehicles. We wanted to offer a system that provides unending entertainment – in any weather condition.”


Following Alpine’s recent move to their new headquarters in Auburn Hills, Michigan, the Brand Business Unit, originally located in Torrance, California, engaged Alpine’s OEM Unit to collaborate on the build and promote an increasing synergy within company operations. Elements of the build were utilized from products designed by the OEM unit.


Alpine’s X409-WRA-JL

The intention of the build is to deliver an exceptional interior experience that can extend to the exterior of the vehicle, for continued entertainment inside or outside of the Jeep®, no matter the weather conditions and the X409-WRA-JL delivers.


The X409-WRA-JL is a direct-fit dash solution for the new 2018 – Up Jeep® Wrangler and 2020 Jeep® Gladiator. The vehicle-specific dash allows for a factory fit and finish with integrated control keys to retain radio and HVAC controls. The factory rear-view camera is also retained with an option to add three additional cameras with the optional KCX-C250MC Multi-Camera Switcher (sold separately).


The large, 9-inch screen is resistant to weather (rated IP53) and various outdoor elements like sand and dirt. The high-visibility screen can adjust to high or low-light driving conditions for cleaner, brighter images even with the top off.


The Jeep® -inspired solution has built-in Off-Road Mode with off-road navigation, vehicle information and a camera with rear-guideline display. A Points of Interest (POIs) database has recreational areas, FunTrek trailheads and U.S. Campsites. For all local commutes, the X409-WRA-JL also has built-in navigation.


Other entertainment sources include Apple CarPlay®, Android Auto™, and Bluetooth® wireless technology with audio streaming. The system comes with built-in HD Radio® and is SiriusXM-Ready® (tuner and subscription sold separately).


Sound System

Switchback is loaded with Alpine’s PSS-23WRA Sound System Solution for the new 2018 – Up Jeep® Wrangler and 2020 Jeep® Gladiator. The 300-watt sound system is designed for excellent sound performance with the top on or off. The included PWE-S8 Powered Subwoofer is installed under the passenger seat to maximize bass extension throughout the Jeep® and deliver a front and center sound stage for optimized performance.


New for 2020 is the SPV-65-JLT Rear Soundbar Upgrade Kit for the new 2018 – Up Jeep® Wrangler and 2020 Jeep® Gladiator. The kit is designed to replace the factory 3-inch and 4-inch drivers, with two 6.5-inch component speakers and 1-inch Teteron Dome Tweeter. The kit is weather-resistant (IP55) and boasts 90W RMS/225W Peak while providing a premium look to the factory sound system.


The tailgate is designed to look like an early Alpine stereo, with a large functional volume knob and six classic “Alpine green” buttons on the faceplate to control the automation. The bed houses a motorized assembly with 40 Bluetooth® speakers that articulate for optimal sound positioning. Three 12-inch R-Series subwoofers are also installed in the bed for bass extension and increased volume. LED lights are placed around the speaker installation for added aesthetics.


Additional collaborators include Smittybilt, Pro Comp, Rubicon Express, and G2 Axle and Gear.




X409-WRA-JL 9-inch Weather-Resistant Mech-Less Navigation System with Off-Road Mode

The NEW 2018 – Up Jeep® Wrangler 2020 – Up Jeep® Gladiator

        9-inch large WVGA high-visibility display with capacitive touch screen and swipe graphical user interface (GUI)

        Premium quality OEM-fit weather-resistant dash system (rated at IP53)

        Off-Road Mode: on-screen vehicle tilt, tire pressure, trail recording and optimized camera view

        Pinch-to-zoom mapping interface

        Plug-and-play installation with factory-compatible wiring harness

        Works with Apple CarPlay®

        The Google Assistant is available on Android Auto

        My Favorites Function

        Works with Pandora® Music for iPhone® and Android™

        Built-in HD Radio™

        SiriusXM-Ready® (requires a SiriusXM® tuner and subscription, sold separately).

        Bluetooth® built-in for hands-free calling and audio streaming

        Turn-by-Turn navigation with built-in HERE® maps of the entire United States (including Alaska and Hawaii), Canada and Puerto Rico

        Lifetime HERE® Traffic Information Service for major metro areas in the United States and Canada included

        Natural Sound Guidance Instructions and Text-to-Speech (TTS)

        3D city map

        High-Resolution maps with anti-aliasing and 3D Landmark

        Dual USB input for smartphone access (one device at a time) or charging

        1 Aux input

        50W x 4 High Power Amp

        3 Preouts (4V)

        Retains factory steering wheel controls and other factory features with iDatalink® Maestro® Integration

        FLAC/MP3/MWA/AAC-HE-AAC music playback

        AVI/MPEG4 video playback via USB

        Bass Engine SQ

        9-band parametric Dual EQ

        6-channel time correction

        MediaXpander® HD

        Retains OEM camera with active guideline

        Includes Media Hub for USB and HDMI connections

        1 HDMI input and 1 HDMI output

        KCX-250MC Multi-camera switcher ready

        Rearview camera distance guide display

        KAC-001 Accessory Controller Ready

        Available Now SRI: $3,500


PSS-23WRA Power Sound System Solution

The NEW 2018 – UP Jeep® Wrangler 2020 – UP Jeep® Gladiator

        Direct fit for non-amplified 2018 – up Jeep® Wrangler and 2020 – up Jeep® Gladiator

        300-watt RMS

        Plug-and-Play Sound System

        Compatible with aftermarket radio or with factory Jeep® radio

        Includes remote bass knob, vehicle-specific harness, and mounting bracket

        RCA cables may need to be extended for use with the X409-WRA-JL

        Available Now SRI: $1,500


SPV-65-JLT Rear Soundbar Upgrade Kit 

The NEW 2018 – UP Jeep® Wrangler 2020 – Up Jeep® Gladiator

        6.5-inch mid-bass driver (Weather-resistant: IP55)

        1-inch Teteron dome tweeter (Weather-resistant: IP55)

        Premium-style grills

        Vehicle specific connectors

        Nominal impedance 4Ω

        Steel frame

        Power Rating: 90W RMS/225W Peak

        Includes template for cutting

        Utilizes factory bolt holes

        Available June SRI: $500



Jeep® is a registered trademark of FCA US LLC.


CarPlay® is a registered trademark of Apple, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Google, Android and Android Auto are trademarks of Google LLC. SiriusXM and all related marks and logos are trademarks of Sirius XM Radio Inc. All rights reserved. The Bluetooth® word mark and logos are registered trademarks owned by Bluetooth® SIG, Inc. and any use of such marks by Alpine Electronics, Inc. is under license. Other trademarks and trade names are those of their respective owners.  

Follow the Alpine Journey: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | YouTube

Alpine Electronics of America, Inc.

Shopping Cart
    Your cart is empty