Fiat Chrysler now has the green light to sell 2017 model-year Ram 1500s and Jeep Grand Cherokees equipped with 3.0-liter diesel engines.
Friday, FCA announced it’s finally received the thumbs up from both the Environmental Protection Agency and the Air Resources Board of the State of California.
The delay was actually due to concerns over emissions technology on earlier model-year versions of these vehicles.
FCA says 2017 updates include modified emissions software calibrations, with no required hardware changes, and the automaker says the modification won’t have an effect on the stated fuel economy or vehicle performance.
If you own a 2014-2017 model year diesel Ram 1500 or Jeep Grand Cherokee, you could be impacted by this as well. FCA plans to ask for permission to use a version of the modified software to update the emissions control systems in those vehicles. They were the subject of the Notices of Violation issued by EPA and ARB in January 2017. FCA believes that the modified software can address the agencies’ concerns as to the emissions performance of those vehicles.