The five-seat, five-door small SUV starts at $20,490 for a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol-powered front-wheel-drive version, rising to $22,490 for a six-speed auto.

It sits below the Maxx, STouring and Akari 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 Neo comes standard with front and rear AEB, Mazda's torque vectoring system, cruise control, digital radio, 16-inch steel rims and electric folding mirrors.

Its 2.0-litre direct injection four-cylinder petrol engine makes 109kW at 6000rpm and 195Nm at 2800Nm.