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At long last, Bermaz has launched the diesel-powered version of the Mazda 6 sedan. Only one variant is on offer here, and it arrives here as a fully-imported model from Japan (CBU). The Mazda 6 2.2L SkyActiv-D is priced at RM202,830 (OTR without insurance), which is RM8,183 more than its 2.5L petrol-powered sedan equivalent, and comes with a three-year warranty and three-year free service.

The main draw of the diesel-powered 6 is of course what lies under the hood – a 2.2 litre direct-injection, twin-turbo SkyActiv-D inline four-cylinder diesel engine, which drives the front wheels through a six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission with manual shift mode. The same powertrain is also found on the diesel-powered CX-5, which also makes its launch debut today.

With a 14:1 compression ratio, the oil burner churns out 173 hp at 4,500 rpm and 420 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm, which beats the torque generated by the 2.5 litre SkyActiv-G petrol engine also used on the 6 by 170 Nm, although there’s 12 hp less.

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Mazda’s i-Stop engine idling stop system is also part of the powertrain setup, to help save fuel where possible. Unfortunately, the i-ELOOP brake energy regeneration system, which is found on the 2.5L Mazda 6 models, isn’t to be found on the diesel-powered 6.

With the powertrain description out of the way, the rest of the car is pretty much identical to the Mazda 6 2.5L SkyActiv-G sedan (no wagon version offered). The diesel-powered 6 wears the same look as the recently-facelifted model, with a slatted grille and chrome surrounds, reshaped front bumper and 19-inch wheels finished in gunmetal grey. Four colour options are available here – Soul Red Metallic, Snowflake White Pearl, Meteor Grey and Sonic Silver Metallic.

Lighting equipment include adaptive LED headlamps, LED fog lights as well as new LED tail lamp graphics. The former comes with an automatic on/off function and auto levelling. Rain-sensing wipers and power sunroof are also part of the equipment list. So, how do you tell a diesel-powered 6 from a petrol-powered one? You’ll have to look just below the right tail lamp, where the ‘SkyActiv D Technology’ emblem can be found.

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The cabin of the diesel-powered 6 is pretty much identical in terms of equipment to the petrol option. Items like Mazda’s Active Driving Display, automatic dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, power front seats (eight-way with memory function for the driver, six-way for passenger) are all present here.

Entertainment is handled by the MZD Connect infotainment system, linked to a seven-inch colour touchscreen display and an 11-speaker Bose surround sound system. Aside from a wide range of inputs (Bluetooth, CD, MP3, USB, AUX), GPS navigation is also available.

It’s the same thing when it comes to safety kit as well, with the diesel-powered 6 getting the full suite of i-ActivSense safety features – Lane-Departure Warning (LDWS), Lane Keep Assist System (LKA), Rear Cross-Traffic Alert (RCTA), Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) and Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM). Also on are six airbags (front driver and passenger, front sides and curtains) and a tyre pressure monitor.

We’ve driven the Mazda 6 2.2L SkyActiv-D diesel in Malaysia – you can read our review here.