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The smallest L1H1 Relay 30 on the right with its mid-range stablemate the L3H2 35. The new Citroen Relay costs a bit more than the old van, but includes much more kit as standard

PRICES and specifications for the new Citroen Relay have been announced prior to the order book opening on July 1.

Prices start at £19,405 (exc VAT) for the entry level Citroen Relay 30 L1H1 HDi 110,  rising to £27,825 for the very much bigger (17 cu m load volume as opposed to the L1H1’s 8 cu m) Relay 40 L4H2 HDi 130 Enterprise model.

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Goodies like Citroen’s Teletrac telematics platform are now standard in the much more comfortable and business like interior

The entry level price tag is therefore a hefty £545+VAT higher than the equivalent predecessor but Citroen says you get a lot more for your money in terms of payload, running costs and kit.

Specifically, features like ESC, Bluetooth, digital radio, daytime running lights and a full steel bulkhead are standard on the new Relay but were all extras on the old van.

Jeremy Smith, Citroen’s Head of Commercial Vehicles says, “This competitively priced and exceptionally well-equipped range delivers the highest payloads in its sector, along with class-leading load carrying practicality and low cost of operation”.

The new Relay’s payload ranges from 1140-1995kg and Citroen says that the two versions it expects to be the best sellers (the Relay 30 L1H1 HDi 110  and the Relay 35 L3H2 HDi 130) offer payloads that are around 240 and 400kg up on the competition.

The HDi diesels in the new Relay are up to 15% more fuel efficient than before says Citroen, and emissions are down in line with that.

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