The five-seat, five-door small SUV starts at $31,490 for a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol-powered front-wheel-drive manual version, rising to $33,490 for a six-speed auto.

An auto all-wheel-drive petrol version costs $35,490 while an all-wheel-drive version with a 1.5-litre turbodiesel and auto gearbox costs $37,890.

It sits above the Neo, Maxx and sTouring model grades, all of which offer petrol and diesel versions, as well as 2.0-litre petrol or 1.5-litre turbodiesel engine options.

The Akari comes standard with front and rear AEB, sunroof, powered front seats, leather trim, reversing camera, LED headlights, Mazda's torque vectoring system, blind spot monitor, radar cruise control, digital radio, heads-up display and sat nav.

Its 2.0-litre direct injection four-cylinder petrol engine makes 109kW at 6000rpm and 195Nm at 2800Nm, while the 1.5-litre turbodiesel makes 77kW at 4000rpm and 270Nm at 1600-2500rpm.