Today Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) has received permission from regulatory agencies to sell its 2017 Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee models equipped with its 3.0-liter diesel V-6. The approval comes amid accusations the company was not compliant with diesel emission regulations.
In January the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) accused FCA of cheating on diesel emissions tests. The company vigorously denied the claims, but the U.S. Department of Justice ultimately filed a civil suit against the company regarding the matter.
During the ordeal the EPA delayed the certification of FCA’s 2017 models equipped with the 3.0-liter diesel.
In May FCA announced plans to implement a “fix” that would allegedly satisfy regulators. The fix must be applied to all 3.0-liter V-6 vehicles ranging from 2014-16 vehicles. Today’s approval is only regarding new 2017 models and not the older impacted vehicles. At this time it isn’t clear when the fix for the 2014-16 models will be approved by regulators.
FCA stated today that the fix for the 2017 models is purely software. It also does not anticipate any impact on the vehicles’ fuel economy.
Since Volkswagen’s 2015 admission to diesel emission cheating, the global regulators have placed tougher scrutiny on diesel vehicles. The EPA has delayed the certification of several new diesel models in the U.S., while Mercedes-Benz has pulled its 2017 diesel vehicles from its lineup entirely after facing multiple delays by the agency.