In December 2000, Subaru launched a retro-styled Pleo called the Pleo Niccoto.
In May 2001, a very sporty version of the Pleo was launched, called the RS.
In October 2001, the Pleo got its first face-lift.
In October 2002, a second face-lift for the Pleo was launched.
A related car, the R2, was introduced on December 8, 2003. However, the Pleo is still available as an affordable model with low-end engines.
In June 2007, the Pleo Van was launched.
The Pleo is taller than conventional kei car hatchbacks, but still shorter than the definitive kei car minivan, the Suzuki Wagon R.
It was (and still is) available with a variety of 658cc I4 engines: SOHC, DOHC, and supercharged in two different trim levels.