This long delay really killed the momentum of the Ram diesel.
Ram made a big move when it announced the only diesel-powered half-ton pickup truck on the market. The benefits of having a diesel engine were clear: 420 lb-ft of torque and 21/29 mpg (both best in class). The Ram 1500 HFE was looking like it would be a market leader, but FCA got hit with fines from the EPA that forced it to pay out billions. The 2017 diesel-powered Ram models were, therefore, put under EPA scrutiny, and sales and production were halted. Automotive News reports that some dealers are finally getting their first Ram diesels of the year.
This is the first time in months that Ram diesels have been able to hit dealer lots after the US government sued FCA for failing to disclose software that affected the emissions system. FCA can now sell diesel versions of the 2017 Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee, but the EPA has yet to certify any 2018 models. The two- month delay has thus really killed the momentum for the diesel models. It is getting close to the end of the year, and other car companies are busy rolling out 2018 models while some FCA dealers are just receiving 2017 models to sell. Some dealerships report that they still haven't received any of the trucks and SUVs that they ordered.
FCA says that it is working with the EPA and the California Air Resources Board "to clarify issues related to the Company's emissions control technology" in order to end this dispute. Even with all of the controversy surrounding the technology, we still appreciated diesel engines, especially in pickup trucks, and hope that FCA can finally end this dispute once and for all.