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Built on the same platform as the new Peugeot Boxer and Fiat Ducato, this is the heavily re-worked Citroen Relay

CITROEN will launch the new Relay at the CV Show this week.

There are big improvements in the cab, class-leading payloads, and up to 15% better fuel consumption compared with the old model.

The load space has been re-worked too, with square-sided load compartments, wide load decks and some of the lowest load deck heights in its class.

And doesn’t it look good! The new Citroen Relay incorporates a redesigned front end with large high-mounted headlights incorporating daytime running lights. It also includes a new grille and a multi-piece bumper to minimise accident damage and repair costs.

A comprehensive choice of variants will include:

  • Panel vans in 3, 3.3, 3.5 and 4-tonne GVW formats.
  • A choice of four panel van load lengths and three roof heights for load volumes of 8, 10, 13 and 17cu m.
  • Payloads from 1140kg-1995kg.
  • A choice of 3.5-and 4-tonne GVW chassis cabs.
  • A 3.5-tonne GVW chassis crew cab.
  • 3.5-tonne GVW back-to-back cab units for special low-loading, hi-cube conversions.
  • New Relay specialist tippers, dropsides and Luton vans.

Four engines are available in the new Citroen Relay range offering the choice of 110, 130 and 150 engines – all  mated to 6-speed gearboxes. The 130 engine is also available in e-HDi format with Stop & Start on selected versions.

The Citroen Relay 30 powered by the HDi 110hp engine 41.5mpg officially. For the same van with the Stop & Start-equipped e-HDi 130 engine, this  rises to 42.8mpg.

The Relay 35 L3H2 HDi 130 does 38.2mpg, which is increased to 39.2mpg with the e-HDi 130 engine.

All New Relay panel vans  up to 3.5-tonne  have sub-200g/km CO2 emissions, reducing to 175g/km for the Relay 30 e-HDi 130 powered model.

There’s an amost bewildering array of extras and options you can specify with the new Relay, but the bottom line is that it’s much better equipped

The new Relay has higher levels of standard equipment than its predecessor, including:

  • ABS with Emergency Braking Assistance (EBA)
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
  • Remote central locking with deadlocks
  • Full steel bulkhead
  • Dual passenger seat
  • Infotainment set-up with DAB radio and Bluetooth/USB
  • Daytime running lights built into headlights
  • Nearside sliding door
  • Load compartment protective panelling to waist height

Relay Enterprise models  add more including aircon, cruise control (with a speed limiter), and a touchscreen to work it all.

And if all that’s not enough there’s a variety of option packs that mix and match these and other features:

  • ‘Look Pack’ with LED daytime running lights, front fog lights and full wheel trims.
  • ‘City Pack’ with rear parking sensors, reversing camera and electrical folding/heated door mirrors.
  • ‘Comfort Pack’ which incorporates auto rain sensitive wipers, auto air conditioning, suspended driver’s seat & leather steering wheel.
  • ‘All-Road Pack’ with Intelligent Traction Control and under body protection.
  • ‘Safety Pack’ with Lane Departure Warning System, passenger air bag and tyre pressure sensors.

The new Relay should prove much more comfortable. Underbody improvements have reduced road noise, and inside there’s a new dashboard layout and trim.

There’s plenty of stowage with 10 in-cab storage areas. Adding to the mobile office functionality, the dual passenger seat  incorporates a drop-down desk unit.

Citroen’s unique Trafficmaster telematics platform is fitted as standard on all new Relay vans. This  includes Smartnav intelligent satellite navigation as well as Trackstar stolen vehicle tracking.

New Relay’s service intervals are up to two years or 30,000 miles (whichever comes first) for normal operations. This is backed by a flexible warranty of two years/unlimited mileage or three years/100,000 miles (whichever comes first).


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