2017 BMW 328d, X3 and X5 Diesels Face Showroom Delay | Edmunds

2017 BMW 328d, X3 and X5 Diesels Face Showroom Delay


WASHINGTON — The 2017 BMW 328d sedan, 328d Sports Wagon and the X3 xDrive28d and X5 xDrive35d SUVs are facing a delayed debut at BMW dealerships until the EPA certifies them for sale in the U.S.

The EPA is cracking down on all makers of diesel vehicles in the wake of the ongoing Volkswagen diesel-emissions crisis. The federal agency wants to make sure that all diesel models for sale here meet the requisite emission standards.

"At this point, we're working to get these cars to market," said BMW spokesman Hector Arellano-Belloc in a phone conversation with Edmunds on Wednesday.

When asked what advice he'd give to impatient car shoppers, Arellano-Belloc said: "Hang on tight."

He added: "Unfortunately, as of today, we don't have any confirmation of when this process will finish, but there's no indication our vehicles won't meet the standards."

An EPA spokesperson told Edmunds that the agency doesn't confirm the status of preproduction vehicles until manufacturers introduce them into commerce to respect any potential confidential business information.

"It is true that diesel vehicles are getting extra scrutiny and that has extended the certification process longer than normal," the EPA said in a statement. "In general, manufacturers have been supportive of this additional testing and have adjusted their timing to account for the additional test duration."

Edmunds says: Car shoppers who have the 2017 BMW diesel vehicles on their consideration lists may want to stay in close touch with their local BMW dealer for the latest information on when they get EPA certification.

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