6 October 2021 ·

Electrified and adventure-ready: 2022 Sorento PHEV set to take on daunting Rebelle Rally

Electrified and adventure-ready: 2022 Sorento PHEV set to take on daunting Rebelle Rally
Kia Returns to Navigational Desert Challenge with Turbo Plug-in Hybrid Power
  • Pair of modified Sorento PHEVs will take part in rally’s Electrified Designation and compete in the X-Cross Class
  • Two highly experienced teams to showcase capability of latest addition to Kia’s ‘Plan S’ electrification strategy
  • Sabrina Howells and Alyssa Roenigk team up once again; professional rally driver Verena Mei and Tana White are new to the Kia Rebelle Rally family

Kia America is ready to hit the dirt again for the 2021 Rebelle Rally, this time entering a pair of modified 2022 Sorento PHEVs to highlight the capability of the electrified SUV in the harsh conditions that make up the 1,500-mile navigational desert challenge. Two formidable all-women teams will be at the helm of the new plug-in hybrid SUVs as they compete in the X-Cross class under the “Electrified” designation.

Launched in 2021, Rebelle Rally’s Electrified Designation is an authentic challenge for EVs, plug-in hybrids and conventional hybrids. The 2022 Sorento PHEV will demonstrate its ability to off-road on plug-in power in a number of special sections.

“The Sorento Plug-in Hybrid plays a pivotal role in the launch of Kia’s Plan S electrification strategy and the Rebelle Rally is the ultimate proving ground for us to showcase our commitment to sustainable mobility, even off the beaten path,” said Sean Yoon, president & CEO, Kia North America and Kia America. “We’re proud to have two incredible teams put the Sorento PHEV through its paces and introduce Kia consumers to a new, electrified way of outdoor exploration.”

In 2020, a Kia-sponsored Telluride came in a close second in the X-Cross class, and for 2021, driver Alyssa Roenigk and navigator Sabrina Howells are pairing up once again. Their goal is to outdo their incredible performance from last year when they dominated several stage wins, even outpacing the 4x4 group in the Imperial Sand Dunes on the final day of competition. Piloting the second Sorento PHEV is professional rally driver Verena Mei, who despite being new to Rebelle Rally, is poised for success given her impressive background in motorsports and above all, her masterful navigator Tana White, who is no stranger to the rigorous off-road challenge. Check out the teams’ complete bios on RebelleRally.com.

In addition to competing in the rally, Kia America is also proud to be an official Rebelle Rally sponsor.

“We are honored to have Kia return and continue to support us,” said Emily Miller, founder of the Rebelle Rally. “This partnership is a natural fit considering we both share the same values in sustainability, and we are eager to experience seeing the Sorento PHEVs withstand the elements in our electrified program.” Read More