Citroen has revealed the new version of the Relay panel van ahead of its debut at the Commercial Vehicle Show next week.
The revised Citroën Relay brings class-leading payloads (along with its Fiat Ducato and Peugeot Boxer sister vehicles) and load space practicality; square-sided load compartments; wide load decks; and some of the lowest load deck heights in its class.
Complementing its load carrying practicality, the new Relay also delivers higher levels of standard equipment, extended service intervals; up to 15% more fuel efficient engines and lower emissions – as well as a new range of options to improve safety and driver comfort.
Jeremy Smith, Citroën’s head of commercial vehicles and business sector operations, said: "When it goes on sale in the third quarter this year, new Relay will build upon the success of its predecessor which, even at the end of its production life, is still delivering high UK sales volumes.
"We expect the wide choice of new Relay variants – all offering class-leading load carrying practicality and low cost of operation, coupled with even higher standards of equipment – will increase its popularity with both national fleets and small and medium enterprise (SME) businesses."
The smallest New Relay L1 H1 panel van can be specified in 3.0 and 3.3 tonne gross weights, and has a load space volume of 8.0 cu m. The New Relay L1 H1 has a load length of 2670mm; an internal load compartment height of 1662mm; a maximum load width of 1870mm and a between-the-wheel arches dimension of 1420mm – wide enough for an 8ft x 4ft sheet to be loaded flat on the floor.
The medium wheelbase Relay L2 model can be specified in both standard and high roof formats, giving respective load volumes of 10 cu m and 11.5cu m. The L2 panel van has a load deck length of 3120mm and either an interior load height of 1662mm (H1) or 1932mm (H2). The L2 Relay can be specified in 3.3, 3.5 and 4.005 tonne gross weight versions.
In long wheelbase L3 format, the van is available in 3.3, 3.5 and 4.005 tonne gross weight versions with the H2 roof height. In this configuration, the New Relay van has a load deck length of 3705mm and an internal load height of 1932mm, which gives a 13 cu m capacity.
The largest Relay panel vans are the 3.5 and 4.005 tonne GVW L4 H2 and L4 H3 models, which have a load deck length of 4070mm. These are produced in ‘Heavy Specification’ with 16-inch wheels and tyres, and uprated heavy duty rear suspension. In L4 H2 format, the Relay has a load volume of 15 cu m, which is increased 17 CU m for the L4 H3 model.
On the combined cycle, the new Relay 30 powered by the HDi 110hp engine, has a fuel economy figure of 41.5mpg. This rises to 42.8mpg for the same van with the stop/start-equipped e-HDi 130 engine. The Relay 35 L3H2 HDi 130 has a combined cycle fuel economy figure of 38.2mpg, rising to 39.2mpg when powered by the e-HDi 130 engine.
All new Relay panel vans of up to 3.5 tonne GVW have sub-200g/km CO2 emissions, this reduces to 175g/km for the Relay 30 e-HDi 130 powered model.