Mazda Atenza Gr.3
Called the Atenza in various markets, the Mazda 6 sports sedan offered European-like style and performance in a less expensive package. In 2012, the third-generation model was unveiled, sporting an exterior body that resembled the dashing Takeri concept car shown at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show. But the biggest surprise came under the sheet metal as the new Mazda 6 came equipped with an optional diesel engine called the SKYACTIV-D for selected markets.
This diesel was in fact an improved version of the turbocharged direct-injection 2.2-liter inline-4 of the CX-5. It produced 172 HP and 309.5 ft-lb of torque, supplying the driver with gobs of low-end power that enabled the Mazda 6 to jump off the line like a lightweight sports car. Power was transferred via a 6-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual to either the front wheels or all four. In select markets, the “i-stop” idle-stop feature and a capacitor-based regenerative braking system called “i-ELOOP” were incorporated, helping the SKYACTIV-D equipped Mazda 6s boast a high JC08 mode fuel economy of 52.0 MPG.