CITROEN launched the latest version of its large panel van, the Relay, with a fanfare at the CV Show this week.
Introducing the new model, Citroen head of commercial vehicles Jeremy Smith said: “When it goes on sale in the third quarter this year, new Relay will build upon the success of its predecessor.
“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 SME businesses.”
New Relay will be available with a wide choice range of factory-built variants, including:
- Panel vans in 3.0- 3.3-, 3.5- and 4.005-tonne GVW formats.
- Panel vans with standard high specification plus further enhancements for Enterprise versions.
- A choice of four panel van load lengths and three roof heights for load volumes of 8, 10, 13 and 17cu m.
- Panel van payloads ranging from 1140kg-1995kg.
- Choice of 3.5- and 4.005-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.
The new model stands out with a stylish new front end and large high-mounted headlights incorporating daytime running lights.
The new look also incorporates a striking new grille and chevron design as well as a large, multi-piece front bumper intended to minimise accident damage and reduce repair costs.
According to Citroen, the new Relay offers class-leading payloads and load space practicality with square-sided load compartments and wide load decks, plus and some of the lowest load deck heights in its class.
It also delivers improved levels of standard equipment, extended service intervals, up to 15% more fuel-efficient engines and lower emissions than the previous model, in addition to a range of new options to improve safety and driver comfort.
Frequent-use, high-stress items such as the rear doors have been reinforced and door hinges of greater strength are now used. The sliding side load doors have benefited from reinforced rails, re-designed runners and improved door locks to improve durability and security.
The HDi diesel engine choice for the new Relay range has also been significantly improved, with up to 15% better fuel economy and lower CO2 emissions figures compared with the previous model. All Relay panel vans in the 3.0-3.5 tonne GVW sector now have combined-cycle fuel economy of up to 42.8mpg and emission figures of less than 200g/km CO2
Other reductions in operating costs come from an extension in service intervals of up to two years or 30,000 miles.
And all new Relay panel vans have Citroen’s Trafficmaster SmartNav intelligent satellite navigation and Trackstar stolen vehicle tracking system, which provides further operational cost savings and efficiency gains.
Interior improvements include new cab trim and a new dashboard layout. Standard features offered are a dual passenger seat with a drop-down desk unit, electrically operated windows and electrically operated and heated door mirrors, together with DAB radio, steering-mounted audio controls and Bluetooth system. The steering wheel adjusts for rake and reach. Up to 10 in-cab storage areas are available.
All new Relay panel vans offer best-in-class load width between wheel arches of 1420mm and side door widths of up to 1250mm. The large load dimensions are complemented by a low load deck height.
The smallest New Relay L1H1 panel van can be specified in 3.0- and 3.3-tonne gross weights, and has a load space volume of 8cu m. The New Relay L1H1 has generous internal dimensions, which include 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 new Relay L2 model can be specified in both standard and high-roof formats, giving respective load volumes of 10cu m and 11.5cu m. The new Relay 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, New Relay is available in 3.3- 3.5-and 4.005-tonne gross weight versions with the H2 roof height. In this configuration, the Relay has a load deck length of 3705mm and an internal load height of 1932mm, which gives a capacity of 13cu m.
The largest new Relay panel vans are the 3.5- and 4.005-tonne GVW L4H2 and L4H3 models, which have a load deck length of 4070mm. These models are built in ‘Heavy Specification’ with 16-inch wheels and tyres, and uprated heavy-duty rear suspension.
In L4H2 format, the new Relay has a load volume of 15cu m, which is increased to 17cu m for the L4H3 model.
A wide range of safety equipment, including ABS and ESC is provided as standard and a comprehensive choice of upgrades is offered as extras.