Toyota Revo or Toyota Tamaraw FX Revo is an Asian Sport Utility Vehicle (AUV) manufactured by Toyota Motor Corporation and introduced in 1998. The production work for Revo started in 1997. It uses the same platform already used in similar Hiace and Hilux. The Revo is regarded as the third model in the three generation of AUVs in the Philippines automobile market, the other two being legendary Tamaraw and Tamaraw FX. The Revo came with more contemporary styling along with some additional trim levels. It was in 2001 when the Revo along with some of its competitors outdid the passenger car category with the cars including Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic.
The name Revo is perhaps more aptly define by one of the company’s advertisements that suggest, “It ushered a REVOlution.”
The Revo can accommodate 10 passengers at a time and offered with a 1.8-L gasoline engine and a 2.40-L diesel engine. Majority of the Revos sold were powered by a 2.4-L diesel engine. The company discontinued the Revo in February 2005.
Toyota Tamaraw and Tamaraw FX: Origins of the Revo
Originally, the Revo was derived from the Toyota Tamaraw named after the Philippines’ largest native land mammal, the Tamaraw (a wild buffalo, Bubalus Mindorensis). Toyota Tamaraw remained in production from 1970 to 1980. Initially, the Tamaraw was a small high-side pickup (HSPU) powered by 1.2-L 3K gasoline engine mated to a four speed transmission. The company behind the production of this car was Delta Motors that assembled Toyota vehicles in Philippines at that time and now defunct. The sturdiness, robustness and ease of maintenance allow some of the models to survive till date. The design of the vehicle was copied by many of the local automakers and is still being copies by many to this date. The popularity of the vehicle can be viewed by the fact that the major automakers like General Motors, Ford and Chrysler produced their own similar version, including the Pinoy and popular Ford Fiera and Cimarron.
With the course of time, the small Toyota Tamaraw transformed into a larger HPSU that was offered with a 2.2-L diesel engine mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. It received the same toughness and robustness seen in Tamaraw. Delta Motors assembled this larger version as well. Following the popularity of this vehicle, Mazda, Ford and Isuzu introduced their rival models. A local Philippine automaker also introduced its own version called Dragon that took most of its styling and designing lines from Tamaraw.
Toyota introduced the Tamaraw FX HPSU in the early 1990s that was similar to the second generation Tamaraw, though offered with a range of new features of which power steering and air conditioning were the more prominent. Unlike the previous versions, the Tamaraw FX was assembled by Toyota Motors Philippine. Later, a new variant of Tamaraw was introduced in the form of Tamaraw FX Wagon, which was offered in both petrol and diesel engines.
Since its first appearance in 1998, three versions of Toyota Revo were introduced at different times of the history: First Version remained in production from 1998 to 2000; the Second Version remained in production from 2000 to 2002; and the third version remained in production from 2002 to 2005.