Jeep has supported the Rebelle rally since its introduction in 2016
Three factory teams will drive the Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid in this edition
Close to one-third of the competitors will be driving a Jeep Wrangler or Gladiator
Jeep has always been known for the off-road capabilities of its vehicles and the brand embraces this reputation by sponsoring various events across North America.
Since its introduction in 2016, the Rebelle rally, the first all-female event of the sort in the United States, has been supported by Jeep and this year is no different, since the company decided to enter three factory teams that will each drive one of the new Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid models.
Since Jeep vehicles are well adapted for an event like this one, where drivers and navigators have to find their way through the Nevada and California desert for 8 days and 1,400 miles (2,250 kilometers) using only maps and compasses, 18 teams will be driving a Wrangler or a Gladiator, meaning close to a third of the vehicles entered in the competition are Jeeps.
The Wrangler 4xe is the first electrified model of the brand. It is powered by a 2.0L four-cylinder engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and two electric motors that can provide up to 21 miles (34 kilometers) of all-electric range.
This hybrid system has been specially designed to be used in off-road situations, where the Wrangler’s solid axles and articulating suspension allow it to go over many obstacles and to cross trough 30 inches of water.
Since the Wrangler 4xe retains the gasoline model’s two speed transfer case, it will be able to compete in the more demanding 4×4 category instead of the X-Cross category that is open to two-wheel drive vehicles.
Jeep hopes to add to its 4 out of 5 overall victories and 4 out of 5 bone stock awards it has won in the past installments of the Rebelle rally.