Mercedes-Benz says it has cancelled its 2017 diesel model lineup, blaming delays in getting emissions-related approvals from the U.S. government.
The announcement only officially applies the manufacturer’s U.S. operations, but we know that as of late April, Mercedes-Benz Canada was awaiting emissions certification for its GLE and GLS SUVs, following the cancellation of diesel options for the C-, E-, and GLC-Class models.
We’ve reached out to Mercedes-Benz Canada about this latest news; company representatives have yet to respond, but we suspect the likelihood is strong there will now be no diesel GLE and GLS models in Canada for 2017.
As a result of that April cancellation, Benz Canada’s JoAnne Caza said the automaker is “focusing on its gasoline engine models.”
This latest revelation is not particularly surprising, given diesel engines have been scrutinized heavily in the nearly two years since it was revealed Volkswagen cheated on emissions controls for its diesel engines, which were found to pump out up to 40 times legally allowable emissions levels.
Audi and Porsche, whose diesel cars and SUVs were direct competitors to Benz, were affected by the VW scandal, as all of their diesels were VW designs; now that Mercedes is out of the picture, BMW is the last German automaker standing with diesels for 2017, which it offers in its 3 Series compact car and X3 and X5 crossovers.
Other light-duty diesels that remain on the market in Canada come from Chevrolet, in the Cruze compact car, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, which offers one in its Jeep Grand Cherokee and Ram 1500 models.