Looking for a Brand New Diesel? It's Going to Be Hard to Find One

Stephen Elmer
by Stephen Elmer

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.

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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]

Stephen Elmer
Stephen Elmer

Stephen covers all of the day-to-day events of the industry as the News Editor at AutoGuide, along with being the AG truck expert. His truck knowledge comes from working long days on the woodlot with pickups and driving straight trucks professionally. When not at his desk, Steve can be found playing his bass or riding his snowmobile or Sea-Doo. Find Stephen on <A title="@Selmer07 on Twitter" href="http://www.twitter.com/selmer07">Twitter</A> and <A title="Stephen on Google+" href="http://plus.google.com/117833131531784822251?rel=author">Google+</A>

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  • Jonny_Vancouver Jonny_Vancouver on Oct 25, 2016

    At this point in time, I think diesel is unnecessary. Diesel never gained much traction in North America, and we're transitioning to hybrid/electric anyways. Besides, what would be the point? Sure, it's cheaper than gas when gas prices are high, but it's more expensive when gas prices are low, diesel's cost more to fix, and most people don't need one because diesel engines are only more efficient when run for long periods of time regularly ie. a long, regular commute, or a road trip otherwise they're actually less efficient than a modern day gas engine. I think people are just in love with the idea of owning a diesel car or truck because it's different, and I don't blame them, but we need to get over that and look to the future. If you want true efficiency, look to electric/hybrid, and I don't know about anyone else, but I want clean air too.

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    • R. G R. G on Oct 25, 2016

      @Johnny Vancouver :although your comments are partially correct, I don't think applying a blanket statement for gasoline /hybrid as our future is correct either. We have owned gasoline cars for ever, and this go around purchased 2 diesels (passat tdi and merc gl350). The diesel is efficient and probably more efficient during short city commutes when compared to a gasoline engine. There's no soot or smell, and it's remarkably quiet. It's well established that raw materials required for battery manufacture is not environmentally friendly. I think you have never owned or daily driven a modern diesel based on your comments.

  • TDI Rex TDI Rex on Oct 25, 2016

    Diesel will always be necessary. It moves our goods to market quite efficiently. Diesel emissions are far lower than gas engines in terms of GHG/carbon emissions, and they get far better gas mileage than gas engines of comparable size, meaning we need to extract less petroleum from the ground and process it less to get the same number of driving miles out of each gallon. Diesel, all things equal, is always more efficient than gas engines as diesel fuel contains about 15% more energy per unit than gasoline does - they just emit more soot and oxides of nitrogen when they are cold, which as VW found, would require expensive and fuel-inefficient cleaning of the exhaust gases by injecting excess diesel fuel into the catalyst chamber. They didn't want to do that. Diesels will always make more sense for larger automobiles because of our EPA and CARB regulations that require the addition of costly and bulky tailpipe emissions catalysts. It's hard to cram all that in to the small spaces in compact cars and extract meaningful performance gains for the cost, as evidenced by the Cruze Diesel's abysmal fuel economy as compared to the "cheater" Jetta/Golf (about 20% less highway mpg) and it's $2400 premium over a similarly-performing gas engine. In the Midwest and Mountain/Intermountain West, diesels are quite popular - just need to visit any Big Three auto dealer to see that - and I'm not talking about the coal roller idiots either. VW's diesels were also very popular out west due to long commutes and their superb durability. It's not uncommon for diesel semis to run several million miles before needing an overhaul; the little VW's will turn hundreds of thousands of miles - the bodies and other bits wear out before the engines do. If America continues its obsession with large SUVs and crossovers, until such time as battery technology catches up to provide a Suburban with a 400 mile range, then diesel should be the way to go for such large vehicles to meet EPA Corporate Average Fuel Economy and GHG emissions targets.