Mazda6 Diesel With Manual Caught Slumming It In JerseyS

One Jalopnik reader wanted to know why this Euro-style Mazda6 hatchback was in the parking lot of his local New Jersey ShopRite. Simple, Mazda's testing the 43 MPG diesel coming stateside in 2012. And they probably wanted snacks.

Mazda6 Diesel With Manual Caught Slumming It In JerseyS

The Sky-D diesels are coming, and we couldn't be more excited. If they can deliver the hybrid-besting diesel fuel economy and give us something with a manual transmission that doesn't look like a giant Jellybean we'll be most-pleased.

Mazda6 Diesel With Manual Caught Slumming It In JerseyS

Unfortunately, Mazda told us this is merely a foreign model brought over for some baseline testing with the current diesel offering and no indication of a possible sport hatch version for us Yanks.

C'mon Mazda, you can keep the hatch but please bring us a diesel, 6-speed Mazda6 Wagon. Please. We'll maybe even stop photoshopping the word "Hi!" over every picture of the new Mazda3.

(Hat tip to Joe!)