Only two brands have been given the green light to sell diesel vehicles in the U.S. for the 2017 model year.
As of right now Jaguar is the only brand selling 2017 diesels in the U.S., though BMW has been given the all clear to sell its 2017 diesels from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the California Air Resources Boards (CARB).
Heightened scrutiny of diesel emissions has been the name of the game ever since Volkswagen was caught cheating on diesel emissions tests. As would be expected, VW hasn’t been cleared yet to sell its diesels in the U.S. for 2017, including models from Audi and Porsche.
The EPA’s new testing process has been kept mostly secret from the public and the automakers, with the agency simply saying that the new tests are unpredictable and will take longer.
GM is waiting on certification for the 2017 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon diesels, while FCA is being held back from selling its 2017 Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee with the 3.0-liter EcoDiesel engine.
Mercedes-Benz has four different diesel models on hold and has even decided not to offer the 2017 C-Class with a diesel like it originally claimed it would.
At BMW, diesel production was delayed until certification came through, so the brand says that its 3-Series and X3 diesel models will hit dealers before the end of the year while the X5 diesel will be here in January.
[Source: Automotive News]