Chevrolet Uplander

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The Chevrolet Uplander is a Minivan introduced by the Chevrolet division of General Motors, replacing the Venture and Astro. It is known as one of the first crossovers between the minivan and the SUV. Although introduced for the 2005 model year, it overlapped with the final model years of the Venture (on which the Uplander is heavily based) and Astro. It is built on the same platform as the Saturn Relay, Buick Terraza, and Pontiac Montana SV6. The van is built near Atlanta, Georgia. On November 21, 2005, GM announced that it would close the Doraville, Georgia assembly plant, which produces the Uplander, in late 2008.

Of the four vehicles sharing this platform, there are few differences. The most significant of these is the offering of an integrated child seat in the Uplander LS and that, in the U.S. market, the Uplander is offered in two wheelbases and a cargo version. Suggested retail price for the Uplander ranges from US$21,250–33,795, depending on options. The Uplander is exported to Canada, Chile, Mexico, and the Middle East. It was also the last minivan to be sold in two wheelbases for the Canadian market, since the short-wheelbase Kia Sedona isn’t sold there.

The four minivans all share a common platform and come equipped with a standard MP3/CD player. The Uplander and its siblings are all similarly styled, trying to appear more SUV-like with their relatively long, level hoods and tall front fascias.

2005: The Uplander was initially offered with 3.5 L High Value 3500 LX9 V6 that generates 200 hp (149 kW) and 220 ft·lbf (298 N·m).
2006: A 3.9 L LZ9 V6, with 240 hp (179 kW) and 240ft·lbf (332 Nm) torque, was added as an option. The GM logo was added to the front doors.
2007: The 3.5 L V6 was dropped, leaving the 3.9 L as the base engine. Consequently, the optional AWD system was also dropped, since it could not handle the torque of the 3.9 L engine. A flex-fuel version of the 3.9 L V6 also became available for 2007.
2008: The Uplander’s last year for the USA, although production continues for export to Canada and Mexico until the 2009 model year, when General Motors will be closing the Doraville, Georgia plant where it is produced on 26 September 2008 when the final vehicle rolled off the assembly line (a Canadian Version of a 2009 Pontiac Montana SV6 Short-Wheel-Base in Liquid Silver Metallic) and was replaced by the Chevrolet Traverse Crossover Vehicle. [3]

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the Chevrolet Uplander has an improved crash test rating than its predecessor, the Venture. The Uplander, Pontiac Montana SV6, Buick Terraza and Saturn Relay earned the highest rating of Good in the IIHS offset frontal crash test, but was rated only Acceptable and Poor in the IIHS side crash test with and without the optional side airbags, respectively.

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