Chevrolet Uplander

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Chevrolet Uplander
Chevrolet Uplander LWB.jpg
Manufacturer General Motors
ProductionJune 20, 2004–September 26, 2008
Model years 2005–2008 (United States)
2005–2009 (Canada and Mexico)
Assembly Doraville Assembly, Doraville, Georgia, United States
Body and chassis
Class Minivan
Body style 4-door minivan
Layout Transverse front-engine, front-wheel drive / all-wheel drive
Platform U-body/GMT201
Related Buick GL8
Buick Terraza
Pontiac Montana SV6
Saturn Relay
Engine 3.5 L LX9 V6
3.9 L LZ9 V6
3.9 L LGD V6
Transmission 4-speed 4T65-E automatic
Wheelbase 113.0 in (2,870 mm) (SWB)
121.1 in (3,076 mm) (LWB)
Length191.0 in (4,851 mm) (SWB)
204.3 in (5,189 mm) (LWB)
Width72.0 in (1,829 mm)
Height70.5 in (1,791 mm) (SWB)
72.0 in (1,829 mm) (LWB)
Curb weight 4,084 lb (1,852 kg) (SWB)
4,470 lb (2,028 kg) (LWB)
Predecessor Chevrolet Venture
Chevrolet Astro (passenger van)
Successor Chevrolet Traverse
Chevrolet Spin (Latin America)
Chevrolet Orlando (Canada, Chile and Europe)
Chevrolet City Express

The Chevrolet Uplander is a minivan manufactured and marketed by Chevrolet for the model years of 2005 to 2009, replacing the Venture and the Astro.


Initially marketed alongside the Venture and Astro, the Uplander and its rebadged variants, the Saturn Relay, Buick Terraza, and Pontiac Montana SV6, were manufactured at GM's Doraville Assembly. However, due to low sales, it was discontinued in 2008 and General Motors exited the minivan market. Production ended in September 2008, as well as the closure of the Doraville Assembly plant.

The Uplander was marketed in the United States, Canada, Chile, Mexico, mainland Europe and the Middle East.

Year to year changes

2005: The Uplander was initially offered with 3.5 L High Value 3500 LX9 V6 generating 200 hp (149 kW) and 220 lb·ft (298 N·m). [1]
2006: A 3.9 L LZ9 V6, with 240 hp (179 kW) and 240 lb·ft (332 Nm) torque, was added as an option. The GM logo was added to the front doors. A short-wheelbase model became available, but only for the fleet market.
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 United States, although production continued for export to Canada and Mexico up to the model year of 2009. The final vehicle (a 2009 Canadian version short wheelbase Pontiac Montana SV6 in Liquid Silver Metallic[ citation needed ] with a roof rack) rolled off the Doraville assembly line on September 26, 2008. [2]


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.


Calendar yearUS Sales
20043,948 [3]

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