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A while earlier today, importer and distributor of Mazda vehicles in Malaysia, Bermaz, introduced the Mazda 6 2.2L SkyActiv-D diesel sedan to the Malaysian market, making it the sole Japanese D-segment diesel entrant currently on sale today. Now we’re at the official launch event at the Saujana Hotel, giving you guys a closer look at the new oil-burning variant.

Fully-imported (CBU) from Japan, the SkyActiv-D variant goes for RM202,830 (OTR without insurance), which is RM8,183 more than its 2.5L petrol-powered sedan sibling. It comes with a three-year/100,000 km warranty and a three-year/60,000 km free service package.

The diesel power plant produces 173 hp at 4,500 rpm and 420 Nm of torque at 2,000 rpm, which, while 12 hp short on the automaker’s 2.5 litre SkyActiv-G petrol engine, gains 170 Nm of torque. The 14.0:1 compression ratio is shared with the SkyActiv-G engine, which is high for a petrol engine, and conversely low for a diesel.

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All that power and torque drives the front wheels through a six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission. Mazda’s i-Stop automatic start/stop system is included, but 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.

Local cars retain a diesel particulate filter to weed out soot and other diesel particulate matter from the exhaust, making it one of the few diesel models in Malaysia to do so. Berjaya Auto CEO Datuk Seri Ben Yeoh said that it was “advisable” to fill the car using Euro 5 diesel; cars using the high-sulphur Euro 2M may require shorter service intervals, while the use of B10 biodiesel could void the warranty entirely.

On the exterior, it is almost identical to the hitherto top-spec 2.5 litre petrol variant – featured here are 19-inch gunmetal alloy wheels, with the reshaped front bumper and slatted grille and chrome surrounds, while a ‘SkyActiv-D Technology’ badge tells the tale of the diesel engine.

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Inside, the diesel variant’s cabin is near-identical to the 2.5 petrol as well. Mazda’s Active Driving Display (head-up 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.

The diesel-powered 6 gets 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.