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In 1997, Daihatsu refreshed the Applause and dropped the carburetor engine while improving the car's look.

Despite its efforts to offer an affordable, dependable, comfortable vehicle, Daihatsu was forced to admit that the Applause was not doing well on the market. In Europe, its main competitors from France, Germany, and Italy had an edge, and the customers were reluctant to spend their money on the Applause. In 1997, the carmaker tried a final refresh for the seven-year-old small-segment vehicle.

Daihatsu updated the car's look and installed bigger bumpers both front and rear, increasing the vehicle's length. The front fascia was adorned by a chromed surrounding for the grille, but the headlights kept their original shape. Its front bumper sported a lower apron with another air intake and two side scoops. To complement the front turn signals, Daihatsu installed two additional side lamps on the front fenders. At the back, depending on the trim level, the carmaker added chromed rims around the redesigned taillights.

For the interior, better upholstery fixed a part of the problem while the sunroof and the four power windows offered as an option should have brought more customers, but the result was not the expected one.

Under the hood, Daihatsu kept the 1.6-liter, fuel-injected engine, which was paired with a five-speed manual or, as an option, a four-speed automatic.

DAIHATSU Applause 1997 - 2000
DAIHATSU Applause (1997 - 2000)
DAIHATSU Applause 1997 - 2000
  2 gasoline engines
  • 1.6L 16V 4AT (99 HP)
  • 1.6L 16V 5MT (99 HP)

DAIHATSU Applause 1.6L 16V 4AT (99 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6L 16V 4AT (99 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1590 cm3
Power
72.8 KW @ 6000 RPM
99 HP @ 6000 RPM
98 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
102 lb-ft @ 3600 RPM
138 Nm @ 3600 RPM
Fuel System
Multi-point indirect injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
13.2 gallons (50.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
109 mph (175 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
10.2 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-Speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drum
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/60R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
171.3 in (4351 mm)
Width
65.4 in (1661 mm)
Height
54.5 in (1384 mm)
Front/rear Track
56.1/55.7 in (1,425/1,415 mm)
Wheelbase
97.2 in (2469 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.9 in (150 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.5 cuFT (411 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2315 lbs (1050 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3241 lbs (1470 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
21.8 mpg US (10.8 L/100Km)
Highway
37.9 mpg US (6.2 L/100Km)

DAIHATSU Applause 1.6L 16V 5MT (99 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  1.6L 16V 5MT (99 HP)
Cylinders
L4
Displacement
1590 cm3
Power
72.8 KW @ 6000 RPM
99 HP @ 6000 RPM
98 BHP @ 6000 RPM
Torque
102 lb-ft @ 3600 RPM
138 Nm @ 3600 RPM
Fuel System
Multi-point indirect injection
Fuel
Gasoline
Fuel capacity
13.2 gallons (50.0 L)
PERFORMANCE SPECS
Top Speed
112 mph (180 km/h)
Acceleration 0-62 Mph (0-100 kph)
9.8 s
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Front Wheel Drive
Gearbox
5-Speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Ventilated Discs
Rear
Drum
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
185/60R14
DIMENSIONS
Length
171.3 in (4351 mm)
Width
65.4 in (1661 mm)
Height
54.5 in (1384 mm)
Front/rear Track
56.1/55.7 in (1,425/1,415 mm)
Wheelbase
97.2 in (2469 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.9 in (150 mm)
Cargo Volume
14.5 cuFT (411 L)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
2315 lbs (1050 kg)
Gross Weight Limit
3241 lbs (1470 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
City
30.5 mpg US (7.7 L/100Km)
Highway
39.9 mpg US (5.9 L/100Km)
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