Kia will be using a pair of modified 2022 Sorento PHEVs in the women-only rebel rally



Kia will start the Rebelle Rally 2021 with two modified 2022 Sorento PHEVs. The all-women team competes against Nissan, Mitsubishi, Ford and Volkswagen.

The pair of Sorentos will compete in the X-Cross class under the name “Electrified”. Kia says the rally will demonstrate how the PHEV SUV drives off-road with plug-in power.

“The Sorento plug-in hybrid plays a central role in the introduction of Kia’s Plan S electrification strategy and the Rebelle Rally is the ultimate testing ground for us to demonstrate our commitment to sustainable mobility off the beaten track,” said Sean Yoon, President and CEO, Kia North America and Kia America.

The pilots of the first Sorento will be driver Alyssa Roenigk and navigator Sabrina Howells. The duo finished second in a Kia Telluride last year. Your teammates will be professional rally driver Verena Mei, who is driven by Tana White, who ran a ram truck at last year’s rally.

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Navigator Tana White with rally driver Verena Mei
Navigator Sabrina Howells with rally driver Alyssa Roenigk

Although the exact details of the competing cars will be revealed closer to the rally, Kia America says their contribution will be “minimally modified,” with a design inspired by previous Kia outdoor and adventurous concepts.

The Sorento, on which the rally cars will be based, has a charged 1.6-liter four-cylinder, a six-speed automatic transmission, a 14 kWh lithium-ion battery and an electric motor. With this setup, the SUV achieves a combined output of 261 PS (195 kW / 265 PS) and 258 lb-ft (350 Nm) of torque.

The Rebelle Rally is the first off-road navigation rally rally for women in the United States. The 2021 event begins October 7th at Hoover Dam, Nevada and lasts until October 16, when the cars cross the finish line in California’s Imperial Sand Dunes.

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