Ford has yet to deliver its first Bronco Sport to its customers, but the Blue Oval has already bagged its first win. In an official release, the Bronco Sport wins its class at the fifth edition of the Rebelle Rally – an all-women off-road event that begins near Lake Tahoe in Nevada and ends at Imperial Sand Dunes in California.
"Just finishing Rebelle is an impressive feat – we’re proud of all three Bronco Sport teams," said Mark Grueber, Bronco brand marketing manager.
Gallery: Ford Bronco Sport Wins Rebelle Rally
"The results really underscore that Bronco Sport delivers, both for seasoned pros and off-road novices. All of these women embody what Built Wild stands for, and the first-place finish by Shelby and Penny helps establish this all-new vehicle as the Bronco of small SUVs," he added.
The 2021 Bronco Sport won the X-Cross class at the Rebelle Rally. At the helm of the Ford Escape-based crossover was Professional driver Shelby Hall and experienced navigator Penny Dale. Covering 1,200 miles of Nevada and California off-road desert terrain, the two relied on old-school compass-and-map navigation, as with the rest of the contestants.
There were three Ford Bronco Sport entries to the Rebelle Rally. Apart from the winning entry from Hall and Dale, the second Bronco Sport finished fifth place through the hands of novice off-roaders and Ford Bronco marketing team members Jovina Young and Erica Martin. The third Bronco Sport followed behind in sixth place, piloted by enthusiasts Elana Scherr and Betsy Anderson.
Of note, Ford will commence its Bronco Sport deliveries at the end of this year following its production that will begin at the end of this month. Those who have reserved for and waiting for the full-fledged Bronco will have to wait until next year.