A Midlothian client recently stopped in, looking to upgrade the stereo in his 2017 Dodge Challenger. The OEM stereo in his Challenger is the 4″ version, which, due to space constraints behind the radio, you can’t normally replace … until now.
Earlier this year, Alpine released a new radio commonly referred to as the “Halo 9” (you can read more about it HERE). The Halo 9 has what would be called a “floating tablet” design, much like many new Mercedes and Mazda vehicles are equipped with. The actual mounting chassis of the radio is small it can be tilted at a major angle, which allowed us to custom-mount the radio under the metal bar in the dash. With the Halo 9’s screen at a heavy forward tilt, it matched right up with the angle of the dash. Most radios in that position would be aiming at the sky.
Now he has a massive 9″ screen, with vehicle diagnostics, heating and air control display, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and more. We also set him up with a wide-angle, under-lip–style camera for reversing. The camera is very small and barely noticeable on the back end of the car. With the 9″ screen of the Halo 9, seeing objects or vehicles behind him is a breeze.
Have a Dodge Challenger that you’d like to upgrade the stereo in? Swing by one of our locations to see the Halo 9 for yourself. We have two Richmond-area locations, one in Mechanicsville and one in Midlothian on Hull St. Road. You can also reach us by e-mail using our online contact page.