RVR

1991

RVR

Accompanying the growth in demand for recreational vehicle (RV) type models such as the Delica, Pajero (Montero, Shogun) and Chariot was a diversification in the needs and requirements of those buying them. Launched in February 1991, the RVR was developed along similar lines to the Pajero but with the aim of replacing the full-feature SUV's "heavy-duty" character with a much lighter persona. The intention behind tagging Runner to RV in the model name was to indicate that it was a RV type model with outstanding and passenger-friendly driving dynamics. Its 2.0 L DOHC engine and fulltime four-wheel driveline delivered solid and comfortable on- and off-road performance. The RVR also boasted a new approach to packaging with its short-nose/tall-cabin minivan proportions providing outstanding space utility. The floor from the rear seat passengers' feet back is totally flat. In addition, the rear seats have split-back, tumble, and full-recline features which enable a variety of seat arrangements. Together with the 300mm travel long slide rear seats and the sliding leftside rear door, these features create an interior which offers high flexibility in the ways it may be arranged to suit different situations.
October 1992 saw the launch of the RVR Sport Gear with a strong 4WD cross-country bias as seen in its oversize grille guard, alloy skid plates, wide fenders, side steps and oversize rear bumper. This was followed in August 1993 by the RVR Open Gear that featured a power-operated roof and attracted much interest for adding an open car flavor to the RV type genre.

Overall length 4290 mm
Overall width 1695 mm
Overall height 1625 mm
Engines 2.0 L