Kia enters the rally world with a nearly unmodified Sportage X-Pro

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Kia’s evolution as a global brand is going by leaps and bounds as they are now getting into motorsports. Don’t get excited, I’m not talking about Formula 1 or something like that, but about the rally. Kia presented a preview of the Sportage X-Pro with which it will participate in the Rally Rebelle. With the idea of ​​testing his reliability, this crossover will not have major changes. However, this race does not require the Sportage to support Group B punishment. You just need to survive while they look for the address.

Yes those girls. This rally race is for women only and is of the exploration type. Something similar to the Dakar Rally, which uses exploration books, waypoints, maps and compasses. Obviously, no GPS or phone use is allowed here, just intuitive navigation capability. This seems like an ideal spot for an SUV of the character of the Kia Sportsage X-Pro, with a couple of mods to survive rough terrain, but at normal paces. Here you do not need extreme machines of the size of the Audi RS Q e-tron.

The bare minimum

Now yes, the Kia Sportage X-Pro that will participate in the Rebel Rally It is almost unchanged. In a render something simple, it could be seen that the truck will use the official colors of Kia: gray, black and red. It will also have off-road tires and may also have a lift kit for the suspension. What can be seen is that it will have a roof rack, a tow hook and some additional equipment.

On the mechanical side, the Kia Sportage X-Pro that will be in the Rally Rebelle will not have major changes. It will use a 2.5-liter GDI engine that generates 187 HP and 241 Nm of torque. The transmission is an 8-speed automatic and sends power to all 4 wheels. Remember that it is not an SUV with 4×4 drive, but a crossover all-wheel drive. With this, Kia wants to show that he has a capable truck, with the advantage that his drivers are not shy about asking for directions in the middle of the race.

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