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Waiting for a Ram 1500 diesel?

by David Zatz on

Hopeful buyers of Ram diesels can buy one today — if they want a heavy duty truck or a chassis cab. Those who want the highest-highway-mileage full-size pickup on the market will have to wait a while, since the VM diesel is still being held up, after a highly successful 2016 model-year.

Spurred by deliberate diesel-emissions cheating by Audi, Porsche, and Volkswagen, the EPA started a diesel recertification process that held up some engines, including the VM 3.0 V6 used in the Ram 1500.  The Cummins B-engine used in the Ram 2500, 3500, 4500, and 5500 was approved months ago, but the VM 3.0 V6 in the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 is still awaiting its turn.

An EPA spokesman told Allpar, “It is true that diesel vehicles are getting extra scrutiny and that has extended the certification process longer than normal. In general, manufacturers have been supportive of this additional testing.” The spokesman added that while they could not provide a timeframe, “EPA, together with our partners Environment Canada and the California Air Resources Board, continues to conduct additional testing.”


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