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2019 Citroen Relay van announced: electric version confirmed

The Citroen Relay has been updated for 2019 with new technology and a planned all-electric variant by the end of the year

Citroen Relay - front cornering

Citroen has launched a new version of the Relay panel van, which joins an updated version of the Peugeot Boxer and the new Vauxhall Vivaro in the PSA Group’s commercial vehicle fold.

Updates for 2019 include a new all-electric option, a revised range of Euro 6.2-compliant diesel engines, a pair of fresh trim levels and a suite of new safety technology. Prices for the conventionally-powered Relay start from £23,980, climbing to £33,330 (both excluding VAT).

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The new Relay is powered by a turbocharged 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel, available in three states of tune. The least-powerful variant produces 118bhp and 300Nm of torque, the mid-range unit offers 138bhp and 340Nm of torque and the range-topper provides 163bhp and 370Nm of torque. All three engines are only available with a six-speed manual gearbox.

Citroen unveiled an all-electric version of the Relay van at the 2019 Commercial Vehicle Show, with a maximum range of 169 miles. The French brand is yet to officially announce the electric van’s complete technical rundown, but it’ll share its underpinnings with the forthcoming Vauxhall Vivaro electric.

Two new trim levels are available for the 2019 model Relay; ‘Worker’ and ‘Driver.’ Citroen claims the first package is aimed at tradesmen who commonly transport goods and people to difficult-to-access work sites. It adds a lifted suspension setup, underbody protection panels, all-season tyres, front and rear mudflaps and hill descent control.

Citroen’s ‘Driver’ trim level is designed for customers who make longer journeys in their vans. It adds a range of comfort and driver convenience features including air conditioning, satellite navigation, a reversing camera, a USB charging socket, automatic headlamps, automatic windscreen wipers and a lane departure warning system.

Citroen Relay - front tracking

The base-model Relay X comes as standard with ABS, ESP, a driver’s airbag, hill-start assist and full steel bulkhead. Mid-range Enterprise versions add to this specification with rear park assist, a height-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar support and a five-inch infotainment screen with an MP3 audio player and support for satellite navigation.

Other equipment upgrades include a rear traffic alert system (which can detect vehicles up to 50 metres either side of the van when reversing), a standard fitment telematics system and a blind spot monitoring system which can offer assistance with trailers between three and nine metres long.

Now read our review of the old Citroen Relay. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below…

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