Alpine’s Ultimate Jeep JL And Gladiator Upgrade
There is no denying that the Jeep JL is a solid step forward over the previous-generation JK. Jeep engineers did their homework and created a new Wrangler that is almost better in every way. Sure, it might not be the complete rethink that some wanted. But it is definitely the best Wrangler yet.
One of the most visible upgrades is the JL’s new interior. Gone is the sea of dark plastic that was the Jeep JK. And, thankfully defunct are the 430 and 130 radio options. Both look like they were designed by a retired Atari engineer in his spare time. If the JK came out in 1997, the 130 and 430 might have been “fresh and exciting” options. Unfortunately, for Jeep, the JK came out a decade later.
All of that is in the past. The Jeep JL is available with either a Uconnect 3 with a 5-inch display, a Uconnect 4 with a 7-inch display, or the Uconnect 4 with navigation and an 8.4-inch screen. Unfortunately, the later is only available on Sahara or Rubicon models. If you are trying to save some money on your new JL by buying a Sport or Sport S, you are stuck with either a 5-inch or 7-inch display. In this era of giant screens, both look a bit long in the tooth.
Thankfully, Alpine has a solution for both the Jeep JL and Gladiator. The new X409-WRA-JL replaces the factory system with a beautiful 9-inch display. And, like the version for the Jeep JK, the X409-WRA-JL comes with a ton of features. It is compatible with Android Auto, Apple Car Play, Sirius XM, Pandora, and is all-weather resistant. Let’s take a closer look.