The models can't go on sale until they pass testing.
American buyers with interest in BMW’s 2017 diesel models might need to be patient before driving one off the lot because the vehicles require extra testing by the Environmental Protection Agency. The German automaker doesn’t currently know when government evaluations might be complete.
The EPA’s more comprehensive testing affects the 328d sedan and Sports Wagon, 535d, X3 xDrive 28d, and X5 xDrive 35d. BMW spokesperson Hector Arellano-Belloc tells Motor1 that the company is working “as fast as possible” to get these 2017 diesel models into showrooms. The automaker expects no problems once the certification testing happens. It told AutoGuide that the extended wait was down to “testing logistics.”
In the wake of Volkswagen’s emissions scandal in the U.S, the EPA began more thorough testing. The agency wanted to make sure other automakers’ diesel models didn’t have defeat devices. The more rigorous evaluations slightly delayed the launch for the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon with the Duramax. The regulator also checked the X5 last year. Arellano-Belloc wasn’t sure why the 2017 model SUV needed an examination again.
The delay shouldn’t affect BMW’s sales in the U.S. too much. According to AutoGuide, diesel engines make up just six percent of the brand’s sales in the country.