Citroen has revealed pictures of its new Relay before the large van makes its debut at the Commercial Vehicle Show on 29 April.

The brand has promised class-leading payloads and load space capacities for the van coupled with some of the lowest load deck heights in the sector.

Citroen said the new Relay also delivers higher levels of standard equipment, extended service intervals, up to 15% more fuel efficient engines and lower emissions – as well as a new range of options to improve safety and driver comfort.

The van, which goes on sale in the third quarter of the year, features a new front end with high-mounted headlights incorporating daytime running lights, a new grille and chevron logo and a multi-piece front bumper to minimise accident damage.

Components subject to high levels of wear and tear such as the rear doors have been reinforced and higher strength door hinges are now used. Similarly, the sliding side load doors have benefited from reinforced rails, re-designed runners and improved door locks – all of which raise durability and security standards, according to Citroen.

Underbody updates include re-designed shock absorber mountings for reduced road noise.
Citroen said it has improved the Relay’s braking performance with dimensional and tolerance changes, which also reduce noise levels. It also claimed the van would deliver combined cycle fuel economy of up to 42.8mpg and sub-200g/km CO2 emissions.

Like the Peugeot Boxer, which is built alongside the Relay at the Sevel Sud factory in Italy, the Citroen model will be powered by a 2.2-litre diesel engine with outputs of 110, 130 and 150hp – the 130 can also be specified with stop/start – and comes in four lengths and three roof heights.

The Relay will be the only van in the Sevel joint venture, which also includes the Fiat Ducato, to appear at the CV Show.