Only BMW, Jaguar Certified for 2017 Light Diesels So Far
Heightened Scrutiny, Tougher Testing Holding Up New Models
Before Volkswagen spoiled the diesel market with its cheating on emissions testing, many were expecting a light diesel renaissance of sorts, with many brands having models in the works from entry-level compacts to midsize sedans to crossovers and SUVs. Since Volkswagen’s cheating scandal, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and its Golden State analog California Air Resources Board (CARB) have ramped up testing procedures for new diesels significantly. Although neither agency is saying what those tests entail, it’s believed the tests include on-road emissions analysis and higher-speed driving. So far, among light-duty diesels, only Jaguar and BMW have received the official green light.
Among the models awaiting regulatory approval are the 2017 models of the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon diesels, the Chevrolet Cruze diesel compact, and 2017 models of the Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee EcoDiesel. Chevrolet recently announced a 1.6L I-4 diesel would be offered as an option in the 2018 Equinox crossover. Mercedes is reportedly seeking certification on the GLS350d fullsize SUV but has abandoned plans to pursue diesel offerings in some of its other models. Plans for the C300d sedan have reportedly been canceled, as well as a diesel version of the GLC compact SUV.
Source: Automotive News