Together with the Daihatsu Storia, the Toyota Duet model has undergone minor design changes, which include a new front bumper and foglights, modified rear combination lights and a rear bumper, in which additional reflectors appeared. Both models received an upgraded front suspension and an improved 1.0-liter EJ-VE unit equipped with a VVT-i valve timing control mechanism, its power increased from 60 to 64 liters. with. A new 4-cylinder 16-valve K3-VE2 engine also appeared under the hood, with an output of 110 hp.
In combination with the 3-cylinder 1.0 engine, the Toyota Duet is available in trim levels V (basic equipment level) and X (more advanced). But with the new 1.3 engine, the “near-sport” version of the VS package was also added to the standard hatchback version - in this configuration the Toyota Duet externally has a set of aerodynamic parts (bumper skirts, door sills, rear spoiler), a muffler and a silver trim in the interior center console and three-spoke steering wheel. If we talk about the general changes in the Toyota Duet, they include a new instrument cluster with an LCD odometer, improved seat upholstery materials. In December 2000, a special V classic series was released, which was distinguished by numerous details: special wheel covers, electrically folding mirrors, an abundance of chrome in the exterior trim, a steering wheel with wood and leather inserts, and exclusive leather seat upholstery. Toyota Duet in its basic version was equipped with a 3-cylinder DOHC-type unit - after restyling it is powered by an EJ-VE engine with variable valve timing, which power was 64 hp. (94 Nm). Like the previous EJ-DE, it was equipped with a mechanical 5-speed or automatic 4-speed gearbox. In both versions, four-wheel drive was available. A similar approach was with the models, under the hood of which was a new 1.3-liter 4-cylinder K3-VE2 with a capacity of 110 liters. with. (126 Nm). Depending on the modification, the Daihatsu Storia's fuel consumption in 10/15 mode was: with a 1.0 engine - 4.5-5.0 l / 100 km, with a 1.3 engine - 5.1-6.0 l / 100 km.
The hatchback is equipped with independent front suspension and rear semi-dependent on front-wheel drive cars or dependent on all-wheel drive. Toyota Duet has disc brakes at the front and drum brakes on the rear axle, and a power steering is installed. With a body length of 3.66 meters, the car has a width of 1.6 m and a height of 1.45 m, and its front and rear overhangs are relatively small. Maneuverability is excellent - a turning radius of 4.3 meters. The dimensions of the passenger compartment are quite sufficient for a car of this class 1725 x 1330 x 1165 mm (L x W x H). The rear three-seater seat is divided asymmetrically, but in the basic configuration, the back folds up as a whole. Toyota Duet was considered advanced in terms of safety. The body was developed using new technologies, with an increased content of high-strength steels and was equipped with built-in deformation zones, stiffening amplifiers in the doors. As standard equipment, all Duet 2000-2001 models were equipped with two airbags, an anti-lock braking system with EBD and an auxiliary braking system, seat belts with a force limiter, and child seat fastenings. The emergency protection system included the function of unlocking locks and stopping fuel supply in the event of a collision, and the automatic inclusion of a light alarm. The list of available options also included side airbags and the VSC stability control system.
Having very favorable body dimensions in terms of maneuvering, the Toyota Duet, like its copy of the Daihatsu Storia, has an increased wheelbase, a cozy cabin, and a very practical luggage compartment. The hatchback has a simple and unpretentious suspension, good ground clearance. Duet is considered to be very economical, but the power of the 3-cylinder unit may not be enough on suburban roads (especially in the combination of “automatic” and 4WD), so it makes sense to pay attention to the 1.3-liter versions, which have not only increased power, but also resource.