Citroen is due to make a multi-million pound investment into its specialist-bodied versions of the new Relay van.
In order to reduce delivery times of the most popular models, Citroen is investing a total of £2,371,700 into 100 ready-bodied Relay specialist models, which include the tippers, dropsides and Luton vans.
Each will be specially converted in order to make them ready for specialist use straight away.
The new Relay models will debut on the 1st September and will include 40 new Relay Tipmasters, 30 Relay Dropside vans and 30 new Luton models.
Jeremy Smith, Citroen’s head of commercial vehicles, said: “To maintain the momentum of the successful new Relay launch, we are now putting increased emphasis on new Relay specialist models and ready to run conversions, which are increasingly in demand from our growing SME customer base.
“Whether it’s a new Relay specialist model or a ready to run conversion, the same high quality converters are used in every case to provide the most efficient and productive ready-bodied vehicle to suit a wide variety of transport operations.”
Citroen’s newest generation of the Relay was released last month following the official unveiling in June.
Prices for the new Citroen Relay start from just £19,405 for the entry-level Relay 30 L1H1 HDi 110 6-speed manual, £20,205 for the Enterprise model and £27,200 for Citroen’s premium Specialist 35 Heavy L4 HDi 150 6-speed manual Luton.
Available in a range of versions and formats, the new range also includes the Tipper, Dropside and Luton specialist models.
The new range comes complete with a new multiple-point reinforced body structure, plus a boost in rigidity and durability with the inclusion of reinforced high-stress items like the rear doors.
Likewise, the sliding load doors have got the same treatment, with reinforced rails, redesigned runners and improved locks to raise security standards.
The new Relay is powered by a choice of four 2.2-litre HDi diesel engines with six-speed manual gearboxes including the top of the range HDi 150 which boosts power output to 147bhp with 350Nm of torque that gives the Relay the power to pull even the heaviest payloads.
Other features include improved efficiency, with up to 15 per cent better fuel economy than the Relay’s predecessor, along with electronic stability control, DAB digital radio, daytime running lights as well as remote central locking as standard.
The new and updated ready to run Citroen specialist Relay models will be available from the start of September, priced from £22,440 for the Dropside, £23,735 for the Tipper and £25,970 for the Luton.