Toyota Revo

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Toyota Revo
ManufacturerToyota (1998-2005)
PredecessorToyota Tamaraw FX (after 1999)
LayoutFR layout
ManualService Manual

The Toyota Revo (full name: "Toyota Tamaraw FX Revo") is an Asian Sport Utility Vehicle (AUV) produced by Toyota since 1998. It was replaced by the Innova in 2005. The development started in 1997 and sold in 1998. It had 3 generations, which includes the legendary Tamaraw and Tamaraw FX lines, but it retained it's body styling with refreshenings and trim additions. In 2001, the Revo and its rivals overtook the passenger car category with vehicles like Toyota's own Corolla and the Honda Civic. It was called the Revo because, according to an ad, "it ushered a REVOlution ."

The Revo offered 10 seating capacity and a choice of engines including a 1.8 Gasoline Engine, and a 2.4 Diesel Engine. Majority of Revos being sold are equipped with 2.4 Diesel Engine. Before being discontinued in 2005, the top trim line, the VX200 and VX240 received Leather Interiors,Chrome appointments,side-step and dual dvd monitors. The last Revo rolled of the line was last February 2005.

The Revo throughout this article refers to the Philippine Version.


First generation
1998 Toyota Revo GLX
AssemblySanta Rosa, Laguna, Philippines
Body style(s)5-door minivan/Asian Sport Utility Vehicle
Transmission(s)5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase2650 mm (104 in)
Length4535 mm (179 in)
Width1710 mm (67 in)
Height1815 mm (71 in)

First generation (1998-2000)

The Toyota Revo was introduced in 1998 to compete in the Asian Sport Utility or commonly known as AUV segment and to replace the Tamaraw FX. Engine choices include a 1.8 and 2.0 for the gasoline engine and 2.4 diesel engine. Trim lines available are the DLX (entry level), GL, GLX, SR (Sport Runner) and the high end LXV (with distinct livery and gold-trimmed badges).The DLX has vinyl interior,2 spoke steering wheel,2speaker radio-tape set-up and steel wheels with center ornament. The GL grade has steel wheels with hubcaps,4 speaker radio-tape set-up and fabric interior. The GLX,SR and LXV has 6speaker radio-tape set-up,foglamps,magwheels and rear wiper.Body Graphics is exclusive to SR and LXV only. It sold very well, in 1998, it accumulated a total sales of 7,700 units. Safety features were non evident except for safety belts, Load Sensing Proportioning Valve and Door impact beams.

File:Toyta revo 98 sr.jpg The first released diesel powered Revos are notorious for being smoke belchers, among other diesels at that time, with some complaints from owners.

DLX Front (1998 Model)
Second generation (freshened)
AssemblySanta Rosa Laguna Philippines
Body style(s)5-door Asian Sport Utility Vehicle(SUV or AUV)
Engine(s)1.8 liter,2.0 liter gasoline engine
and 2.4 liter diesel engine
Transmission(s)5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase2650 mm (104 in)
Length4535 mm (179 in)
Width1710 mm (67 in)
Height1815 mm (71 in)

Second generation (2000-2002)

For 2000, Toyota revised the Revo, with badge changes and trim line revamp. Engine choices include the 1.8 and 2.0 gasoline liter engine and a 2.4 diesel engine that is revised, because of smoke belching complaints. The Revo receive a facelift featuring clear halogen headlamps,new wheels,new interiors and availability of new colors.Trim lines includes the DLX (entry level), GL, GSX, GLX, SR (Sport Runner), VX200, VX240D (diesel) and the limited edition SR-J and VX200-J (part of Toyota's series of J, or Japan-spec, vehicles, which extended to the Hilux). The VX line eventually replaced the LXV. The DLX is the entry level, thus it does not have any power features, Tachometer and equipped only with a tape deck/radio receiver, speakers in the front seats only,vinyl interior and it has 14 inch steel wheels with center ornament,The GL is the "higher-end entry-level" with radio-cd set-up,fabric interior,Tachometer and steel wheels with hubcaps. The Remaining lines has all-power features, CD player/radio receiver and six speaker setup (but upgradable to a DVD player setup). The VX line have leather seats and TV screens in the dashboard and the headrests. Only the SR-J, a special version of the SR ( distinct wheels, unique livery), the GSX and the VX200 had 2.0 liter gasoline engines and power fender-mounted antenna. In this generation,costumers has the option to ditch the 3rd row side facing seats in favor of front facing seats at an additional cost.

Third generation (refresh)
AssemblySanta Rosa, Laguna, Philippines
Body style(s)5-door SUV
Engine(s)1.8 liter gasoline
2.0 liter gasoline
2.4 liter diesel
Transmission(s)5-speed manual
4-speed automatic
Wheelbase2650 mm (104 in)
Length4535 mm (179 in)
Width1719 mm (68 in)
Height1815 mm (71 in)

Third generation (2003-2005)

The Revo received its third and last refreshing. The SR-J and VX200-J trim lines have been discontinued. It received a badge revision,availability of new colors and exterior and interior details, including a 3 spoke steering wheel with chrome Toyota Logo,larger headlights,landcruiser style tail lights, upgraded audio systems and other additional features. It had good sales expectations but it was discontinued in 2005 with the advent of the Innova. The top trim (VX grade) received upgraded Leather seats and upgraded Entertainment system. The last Revos were either sold to people who want to snap the last few examples,Rental fleets or Police Departments. Despite very strong sales, it was discontinued.

2005 Toyota Revo


The Revo, throughout the years, has aspiring rivals. Isuzu introduced the Hilander and its evolution Crosswind; and Mitsubishi imported the Mitsubishi Freeca design from Taiwan and launched it as the Adventure. Honda reclassified the Honda CR-V SUV (which had a 3rd row seat) into an ASUV(Asian Sport Utility Vehicle) just to compete with the Revo. Mazda even had a tried with the two-liter Tribute. Even SUVs like the Ford Escape (introduced in 2003), Nissan X-Trail, Mitsbishi Pajero (Field Master Variant), and the Ford Everest were its rivals. But if the Revo was still on sale, it would have rivaled the Toyota Innova and Toyota Fortuner--the Revo's eventual replacements

Other competitors would have been the Nissan Grand Livina, Mitsubishi Fuzion,Hyundai Starex (now called Grand Starex), Kia Carens, and even numerous SUV's such as the Hyundai Santa Fe,Mitsubishi Montero Sport, and even Toyota's own Toyota Rav4.


  • C! Magazine AUV of the year (2005)
  • Auto Focus AUV of the year People's Choice (2005)

In Popular Culture

Revos are used as NAIA's Coupon TaxiMegataxis,family hauler,executive chariot and Police Cars. It was also raffled off at promos.

Most lower-spec Revos were upgraded backyard style to replicate mostly the SR trim.

Some tricycles and jeepneys in the Philippines shamelessly incorporate the "SPORT RUNNER" phrase in their colorful livery.

Toyota Revos were so popular it is impossible not to spot one in every Philippine roads.It can found in the garages of thousands of Filipino families.

It is so versatile it has become every Filipino's aspirational vehicle. Revos are so flexible they are almost jack of all trades from workhorse to weekend leisure partner and from family hauler to executive express.Revos are also a vehicle of choice of some celebrities,powerful businessmen and politicians for the simple reason that it is elegant yet reliable and durable

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