Kia America Unveils Sorento Plug-in Hybrids To Participate In Rebelle Rally

Kia America, an arm of automobile manufacturer Kia Corporation (000270.KS), on Friday said it unveiled modified, trail-ready Sorento Plug-in Hybrids (PHEVs), which is expected to compete in the Rebelle Rally 2021.

Inspired by the rugged and adventurous Zion and Yosemite Sorento X-Line concepts revealed last year, the rally-ready Sorento PHEVs have been outfitted to take on the elements of the punishing 1,500-mile navigational desert challenge, the automobile firm said in a statement.

Customized by women-owned LGE-CTS Motorsports in Southern California, the Sorento PHEVs are wrapped with color schemes similar to the exclusive 'Desert Sand' and 'Pine Green' paint finishes on the Zion and Yosemite concepts.

Each vehicle has been modified with underbody armor to protect the undercarriage, plus a front bumper guard and skid plate. Tow points have been affixed to the front and rear bumpers, while a 1-inch spacer lift provides a slight increase in ground clearance. Both rally vehicles sit atop 17-inch KMC matte black wheels and Hankook Dynapro AT2 all-terrain tires.

Up top, the rally vehicles have been equipped with a roof rack for the teams' recovery gear, including tread boards and shovels.

With Hankook as the tire sponsor, the Sorento rally vehicles sport Hankook decals along with the Girls Inc. logo on the rear passenger windows.

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