2017 BMW diesels get EPA OK, Mercedes-Benz models still on hold
The EPA has now officially approved all of BMW’s 2017 turbodiesel models for sale here following a delay attributed to additional evaluation being performed in order to certify their compliance with U.S. emissions regulations. The extra scrutiny, which resulted from Volkswagen’s high-profile diesel emissions scandal, has impacted all automakers with diesel offerings in their lineup. In the case of BMW, those models include the 2017 328d Sedan, 328d Sports Wagon, X3 xDrive28d SAV, and the X5 xDrive35d SAV. Approval of some final homologation details is expected shortly, at which point production will begin. While all four vehicles are expected to be in dealers some time later this year, BMW hasn't set a hard date on when that will happen.
According to the EPA’s Chris Grundler, who heads up the organization’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality, discussions are still ongoing with Mercedes-Benz AG regarding the status of its diesel-powered models which also are being subjected to the EPA’s more rigorous testing regimen. The automaker recently indicated that both the C300d Sedan, which was originally set to roll out this spring, as well as a new turbodiesel variant of the GLC-Class would now likely not see showrooms until “sometime in mid-2017.” If so it would probably mean both turning up as 2018 models.
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