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2019 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon takes on the desert in the Rebelle Rally

There is nothing more beautiful than a Jeep in its natural habitat.

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Emme Hall
2018 Rebelle Rally Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
1 of 47 Nicole Dreon

The seven-day Rebelle Rally starts in Squaw Valley, California and makes its way down to the dunes of Glamis near the Mexican border.

2018 Rebelle Rally Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
2 of 47 Nicole Dreon

This year I piloted the new JL-generation Jeep Wrangler Rubicon.

2018 Rebelle Rally Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
3 of 47 Paolo Baraldi

The Jeep is an excellent choice for the Rally -- almost too good, with its front and rear lockers and disconnecting sway bar.

2018 Rebelle Rally Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
4 of 47 Nicole Dreon

The rally is not about speed, but precise navigation. My co-driver Rebecca Donaghe made the dashboard into her office, thanks to copious amounts of Velcro.

2018 Rebelle Rally Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
5 of 47 Nicole Dreon

The Rubicon is shod in 33-inch BF Goodrich KO2 tires. We aired down for a smoother ride and a wider footprint.

2018 Rebelle Rally Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
6 of 47 Paolo Baraldi

A 2.0-liter turbocharged engine with a mild-hybrid system is available, but our Jeep rolled with the standard 3.6-liter V6.

2018 Rebelle Rally Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
7 of 47 Nicole Dreon

A six-speed manual transmission is standard, but our Rebelle Jeep came with the optional eight-speed automatic.

2018 Rebelle Rally Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
8 of 47 Paolo Baraldi

The dunes of Glamis require four-wheel drive, plenty of momentum and a will of steel.

2018 Rebelle Rally Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
9 of 47 Paolo Baraldi

Approach the top of a dune too quickly and you'll launch; too slowly and you'll get stuck.

2018 Rebelle Rally Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
10 of 47 Nicole Dreon

After seven days of intense competition, Donaghe and I earned a first-place finish overall and got the highest score for a bone stock vehicle. 

2018 Rebelle Rally Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
11 of 47 Richard Giordano

Keep clicking or scrolling for more photos of the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon and the Rebelle Rally.

2018 Rebelle Rally Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
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