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Citroen revises Relay and plans all-electric variant

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The Citroen Relay panel van has been updated for 2019 with new safety technology and an all-electric version planned by the end of the year.

There are a revised range of Euro 6.2-compliant diesel engines with the vehicle’s turbocharged 2.2-litre four-cylinder engine producing 118bhp, 138bhp or 163bhp. All three engines are only available with a six-speed manual gearbox.

Citroen is yet to announce the electric van’s full technical rundown, but it will be similar to the Vauxhall Vivaro electric. Two new trim levels are available: Worker and Driver, the latter for customers who make longer journeys featuring air conditioning, satellite navigation, reversing camera, USB charging socket, automatic headlamps, automatic windscreen wipers and a lane departure warning system.

The base-model Relay X comes as standard with ABS, ESP, driver’s airbag, hill-start assist and full steel bulkhead. Mid-range Enterprise versions include 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. Prices for the conventionally-powered Relay start from £23,980.