Alpine 8-Inch Universal Mechless Restyle Dash System - X208U
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The All-in-One Oversized Entertainment Powerhouse

These days your smartphone can do everything, but what if you lose signal What if you hit your data cap That s where an embedded navigation system shines. The exclusive 8-inch X208U Mechless Navigation Receiver with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability allows you to have all the benefits of the latest smartphone integration technology while giving you a secure and dependable navigation system.

CEA-2006 Power Rating: 18W x 4
Max Power Output: 50W x 4

The X208U has gone beyond what you know of the Alpine 8-Inch dash system. With its exclusive 8-inch touchscreen, the X208U is still one of the largest factory radio replacements available, period. The X208U is more than a big screen, though. The X208U is packed with new features and controls on its new platforn. There s no doubt the X208U will make a statement in your vehicle and upgrade your driving experience.


  • 8-Inch WVGA High Resolution Display
  • Works with Apple CarPlay over Wireless
  • Android Auto compatible
  • Built-in Navigation with 3D & 2D mapping
  • Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming
  • Built-In HD Radio Tuner
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio ready
  • 1 HDMI input and 1 HDMI output
  • Keep factory controls with iDatalink Maestro Module
  • Accessory Control Ready (KAC-001 Required)
  • 50 Watts x 4
  • 4-Way Swipe Action Control Touchscreen
  • 3 4-Volt Pre-amp Outputs
  • 9-band parametric EQ
  • 6-channel time correction set by Alpine TuneIt App
  • FLAQ, AAC, MP3, WMA, HE-AC Playback
  • HDMI Input
  • CD/DVD (Optional)
  • 1 Camera Input

Apple CarPlay And Android Auto

Be smart when using your phone on the road. The X208U is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. After connecting your smartphone via charging cable and activating Bluetooth for Android Auto use, , you get your music, driving directions, and phone calls controlled from the 8-inch touchscreen and heard through your vehicle s speaker system,- so you don t have to look at or touch your phone and can keep it safely stored away.

The X208U Works with Apple CarPlay and lets iPhone users make and receive calls, access text messages, play music, and get directions in a way that allows them to stay focused on the road. Apple CarPlay is accessed through the capacitive touch screen or the Voice hard button to activate Siri voice control and is compatible with iPhone 5 and later (iPhone must be connected via Apple lightning cable).

The X208U is Android Auto Compatible. Android Auto was designed with safety in mind. With larger touch targets, a simplified interface, and easy-to-use voice actions, it's designed to minimize distraction so drivers can stay focused on the road (requires both a USB cable and Bluetooth connection; requires the Android Auto app on Google Play and on Android compatible smartphone running Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher)). Android Auto is accessed through the touch screen or the Voice hard button with voice control.

Both technologies also give you access to popular apps such as

  • Waze: (via Android Auto only) The world s largest community based traffic and navigation app
  • Spotify: A digital music service that gives you access to millions of songs
  • Amazon Music, and more

For information on third party apps, please visit the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto websites. Android, Android Auto and Google Play are trademarks of Google, Inc.

Legal Line Android, Android Auto and Google Play are trademarks of Google, Inc.

Alpine Connect

The Alpine Connect app for iOS and Android is an easy way to use popular apps in your vehicle. The free Alpine Connect app brings content from select apps Alpine Go , MyQ by Chamberlain , Yelp , iHeartRadio and Glympse into your vehicle, delivering the information through the familiar and easy-to-use interface on your Alpine dash system. Just launch the Alpine Connect app on your smartphone and connect it to your Alpine dash system via USB on iPhone and Bluetooth on Android and you re ready to go. You can put your phone safely away since there s no need to pick it up Alpine Connect and the Alpine dash system will do all the work. Alpine Connect is currently available for the North American market.

Monitor & Control Your Home Access With MyQ

Running late and can t remember if you closed the garage door Were the kids dropped off at home earlier than planned and now need to get in the house Want your garage door opened as you get into its proximity Now you can be on the road and still monitor your home access with the MyQ app by Chamberlain used on the Alpine Connect app. MyQ provides convenience and peace of mind that lets you use your compatible Alpine in-dash system to:

  • Monitor and control your garage door
  • Control smart lighting for additional home security while you are away
  • Control smart thermostat modes
  • Enable the geofencing feature: Set a geographic boundary around your home and when your vehicle crosses it, you ll get an on-screen prompt asking if you want to open your garage door

For use as shown here, the MyQ app requires Chamberlain MyQ hardware, the Alpine connect app, and a compatible Alpine in-dash system. The MyQ app and Alpine Connect app can be accessed where cellular coverage is available in the U.S. and Canada. 

Link your MyQ account with Alpine Connect free for 30 days. Offer valid for first time users. 1.00 monthly or 10 yearly subscription fee applies after the 30-day trial period ends. Cancel your free trial within 30 days of linking to Alpine Connect to avoid being charged. Customer with be notified before charges are applied. If customer unsubscribes and then re-subscribes after the promotional period, customer will be charged the regular monthly rate of 1.00 or year rate of 10.00. Cancel or edit your subscription preference in the Account Linking section of the MyQ app anytime.

8-inch Touchscreen with Swipe User Interface and Anti-Glare Screen

The X208U s intuitive interface allows for 4-way swipe action control: Left, Right, Down, Up. You are just one swipe away from the most commonly accessed features:

  • Swipe to the Left to access the Embedded Navigation commands
  • Swipe to the Right to access the Audio and Video commands. Within the Audio and Video screen, you can swipe across to access all your entertainment sources (such as HD Radio, Pandora, SiriusXM, Bluetooth audio streaming, etc.)
  • Swipe Down to access the adjustment settings to the Audio system or Rear Seat Entertainment system (sold separately)
  • Swipe Up to access Bluetooth and Source Selection

Hard Keys for Direct Access to Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Features

The X208U has intelligent hard buttons that allow you to toggle between the unit s embedded navigation and Apple CarPlay or Android Auto s navigation screen which makes it very simple to figure out where you re going with one touch. The Audio hard button lets you access whatever is playing, whether it s AM/FM radio or one of your favorite apps on your smartphone.

Take the Command Center Beyond the Dash

Have you upgraded your vehicle with accessories like a winch, lights, air suspension or a motorized tonneau cover No need to add switches that clutter your dash. Now you can conveniently control these accessories directly from the X208U s touchscreen The KAC-001 External Accessory Controller (sold separately) turns the X208U 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.

You Won t Believe It s Not Factory

 Each vehicle-specific Perfect F.I.T. kit matches the shape, color and texture of your vehicle's dash, for a factory-finish look. Each kit comes with all the necessary accessories for the X208U, including vehicle-specific harness, antenna adapter and steering-wheel interface for vehicles with steering wheel control.

Kits are currently available for several truck and SUV platforms. If there is not a compatible Perfect F.I.T. dash kit for your vehicle or if you want a custom installation, use the KTX-UTB8 Universal Trim Bezel instead.

Controlling Multiple Camera Systems Has Never Been Easier

It s easy to add handy Drive Assist front or rear camera systems to the X208U. Choose from a variety of Alpine camera systems that offer various views like ground view for connecting a tow hitch, wide-angle views to see past your vehicle, and multi-angle views to see two images on the screen.

If you need multiple camera systems on your vehicle, the KCX-C250MC Multi-Camera Selector (sold separately) allows them to be easily controlled right from the X208U s 8-inch touchscreen. The names of the connected camera systems appear on the main screen, so simply select the camera system you want to use. You can then choose the viewing option from that camera to be displayed on the screen.

Customizable Shortcuts at Your Fingertips

The My Favorites feature offers convenient shortcuts for the functions that you use the most, such as:

  • Audio Sources (HD Radio , Pandora , iPod , SiriusXM, HDMI/DVD, AUX)
  • Navigation Commands (Favorite Destinations, Quick Place Search, Categories)
  • Phone Settings (Most-dialed Contacts)

Keep Select Factory Controls with the iDatalink Maestro Module (sold separately)

The X208U can retain select feature variations and also display vehicle information on the 8-inch screen.

Retained factory features vary by vehicle. 

Wherever work or play takes you, you have access to preloaded HERE map data of the United States and Canada, including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, which translates to maps galore. With turn-by-turn instructions delivered by Text-to-Speech (TTS) technology, street names, freeway numbers and freeway exit names are announced clearly through your vehicle s audio system. Choose from different intuitive map view options, such as 3D mapping, split map, and turn-by-turn arrow view. This unit also features Alpine's exclusive Graphical User Interface with intuitive screen graphics, so it's easy for you to find your way. Thanks to the included free lifetime traffic service, see the congestion ahead of time so you can choose an alternate route. Get quick and easy directions from start to finish.

Bluetooth Hands-Free Calling and Audio Streaming

Be smart when using your phone on the road. The built-in Bluetooth wireless technology allows for hands-free calling, secure simple pairing (SSP) and call waiting. Icons depicting phone battery level and cellular signal level are shown on the 8-inch screen. Expand your entertainment options with audio streaming from your smartphone.


By offering endless audio and video options, the X208U knows how to keep you entertained on the road.

HDMI: More Entertainment with Just One Cable

Now it's possible to enjoy even more content than ever before through your X208U. The X208U has HDMI compatibility for one input. Expand up to two devices with HDMI connectivity using the KCX-630HD HDMI Selector Interface, sold separately, that adds an extra HDMI input for more flexibility.

FLAC Playback for Superior Sound

The X208U offers FLAC playback via USB for the best music experience. Other supported formats include MP3/WMA/AAC/HE-AAC music playback via USB

Works with Pandora Internet Radio for iPhone and Android Smartphones

Stream music from your Android smartphone using Alpine s Advanced technology. With your Android, enjoy easy wireless operation of your favorite Pandora channels with Thumbs Up/Thumbs Down buttons directly on the faceplate, Quick Search features, and even create new Pandora stations and bookmark your favorite tunes on-the-go. Alpine s Media XPander PRO DSP-Sound Expansion circuitry ensures the best possible sound for streaming music from your Pandora connection. To enjoy the same great Pandora features from your iPhone, simply connect the included iPod / iPhone audio / video cable.

Built-In Digital HD Radio

Alpine does HD. Get all the music and programming you want to hear in a crystal-clear digital format. FM stations with CD-quality sound and AM stations with FM-quality sound, both with virtually no distortion. Extend your music choice further with multi-casting capability HD1, HD2, and HD3 and you'll hear more talk and music content from the stations you already receive. Alpine s exclusive Smart Reception Management keeps you tuned in to your favorite HD digital sub-channels, even when you re in an area with limited digital reception. To find stations near you, visit HD Radio.

Made for iPod / Works with iPhone

It s convenient to control your iPod or iPhone in the car enjoy seamless operation of your iPod in addition to full control of all your favorite media sources. Control all search options of your iPod directly from the X208U via Playlist, Artist, Album, Song, Genre, Podcast or Composer. The USB connection allows for high-quality iPod / iPhone playback and delivers an even faster access speed so you ll find songs as quickly as you expect to find them on your iPod / iPhone.

Satellite Radio Ready

Upgrade your sound experience and expand your entertainment choices by adding SiriusXM satellite radio to your X208U. The X208U is SiriusXM-Ready and connects to the SiriusXM SXV300 Connect Vehicle Tuner Kit (sold separately, subscription required). SiriusXM features include: album art; display of channel logos; pause, rewind and replay up to 60 minutes of content while listening to satellite radio; start songs from the beginning when tuned to any favorite music channel using TuneStart ; scan and select songs on favorite music channels with TuneScan .

Video Entertainment for Your Enjoyment

The X208U is mechless, but you can still enjoy DVD video entertainment while parked by easily adding the DVE-5300 DVD Player to playback these formats: CD audio, MP3, WMA, MPEG2 AAC, MPEG4 AAC, WAV, DVD-Video, DVD-VR, and Video CD.

Become a Tuning Expert with Alpine TuneIt App 3.0 Integration

  • Audio Sources (HD Radio , Pandora , iPod , SiriusXM, HDMI/DVD, AUX)
  • Navigation Commands (Favorite Destinations, Quick Place Search, Categories)
  • Phone Settings (Most-dialed Contacts)

The X208U is mechless, but you can still enjoy DVD video entertainment while parked by easily adding the DVE-5300 DVD Player to playback these formats: CD audio, MP3, WMA, MPEG2 AAC, MPEG4 AAC, WAV, DVD-Video, DVD-VR, and Video CD.

Best Sound Quality

For unrivaled sound quality, expect nothing less than the best. The X208U uses a 24-Bit DAC and optical digital output for ultimate sound quality with all your digital media sources.

Become a Tuning Expert with Alpine TuneIt App 3.0 Integration

  • Expanded vehicle choices, including trim and steering position, for easier sound system tuning
  • Control the rear camera guidelines, opening screen, background color and external unit connection
  • BassEngine SQ adjusts bass characteristics for different types of music

Get the Best Sound with Optical Digital Output

For unrivaled sound quality, expect nothing less than the best. The X208U uses a 24-Bit DAC and optical digital output for ultimate sound quality with all your digital media sources.

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