2016 BMW X5 Diesel Gets Greenlight from EPA
Agency Finds No Evidence of Cheat Software
After Volkswagen threw a monkey wrench in the works for all other automakers selling or planning to sell light-duty diesel models in the U.S., the models are slowly receiving regulatory approval to sell as they’re being individually tested and certified. Aside from the 2016 Volkswagen and Audi models, which the company has withdrawn its certification requests for the time being, the only models outstanding were the BMW X5 35d and the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon diesel, which recently received EPA approval for sale.
Diesel models accounted for 5.9 percent of BMW’s 2014 sales. The only diesel models BMW currently sells in the U.S. market are the X3 28d compact SUV, the aforementioned X5, and the 328d sedan and wagon. Mazda, which has promised sales of its critically acclaimed Skyactiv-D diesel engine in the U.S. market since 2014, claims it is still committed to diesels for the U.S.. However, the performance-oriented brand has struggled balancing performance and meeting U.S. emissions standards. Chevrolet is planning on offering a diesel engine option on the 2017 Cruze, the well-received and ultra-quiet “flustern” or “whisper” 1.6L I-4 diesel. Output has not been announced for the U.S. market; however, output on the European version of the engine is 136 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque.