The new Citroen Relay will cost from £19,405 for the lead-in Relay 30 L1H1 HDi 110 6-speed manual when it goes on sale on 1 July.

Citroen claimed that is an increase of just £545 plus VAT over its predecessor, despite the addition of features that would have added over £600 to the price of the previous model. Also, the 14-version range of higher specced new Relay Enterprise vans now cost only £800 (previously £900) more than the standard Relay panel van.

Prices for the panel van range of Relays up to 3.5-tonne GVW go up to £27,905 for the 35 Heavy L4H3 HDi 130 6-speed manual Enterprise version. All prices listed exclude VAT.

The Relay rolls off the same platform in Sevel Sud, Italy as its sibling models the Peugeot Boxer and Fiat Ducato, which range in price from £19,355 to £29,705 and £19,995 to £31,845, respectively.

Relay panel vans in the 3.0- 3.5 tonne bracket offer a choice of payloads from 1140 to 1575kg. The 4.0-tonne derivative goes up to 1995kg.

Load volumes range from 8.0m3 to 17m3.

Citroen forecast the two best-sellers would be the Relay 30 L1H1 HDi 110 6-speed manual and the Relay 35 L3H2 HDi 130 6-speed manual, which have payloads of up to 243kg and nearly 400kg better respectively than their main competitors, the brand  claimed.

Jeremy Smith, Citroën’s CV boss said: “New Relay is a compelling choice for businesses. 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. With its wide choice of factory-built variants and Citroën’s unique range of Ready to Run specialist bodied models, there is a new Relay to economically and efficiently suit virtually any business transport requirement.”