Chevrolet Uplander

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Chevrolet Uplander
Chevrolet Uplander LWB.jpg
Overview
Manufacturer Chevrolet (General Motors)
Also called Buick Terraza
Pontiac Montana SV6
Saturn Relay
Production 2005–2008
Model years 2005–2009
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 Saturn Relay
Buick Terraza
Pontiac Montana SV6
Powertrain
Engine 3.5 L LX9 V6
3.9 L LZ9 V6
3.9 L LGD V6
Transmission 4-speed 4T65-E automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 113.0 in (2,870 mm) (SWB)
121.1 in (3,076 mm) (LWB)
Length 191.0 in (4,851 mm) (SWB)
204.3 in (5,189 mm) (LWB)
Width 72.0 in (1,829 mm)
Height 70.5 in (1,791 mm) (SWB)
72.0 in (1,829 mm) (LWB)
Chronology
Predecessor Chevrolet Venture
Successor Chevrolet Traverse
Chevrolet Uplander LS SWB

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

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, and the Middle East.

Year to year changes[edit]

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.
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 U.S., although production continued for export to Canada and Mexico up to the 2009 model year. 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]

Safety[edit]

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.

Sales[edit]

Calendar year US Sales
2004 3,948[3]
2005 72,980
2006
2007
2008

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2005 Chevrolet Uplander". Media.GM.com. August 1, 2004. Retrieved 2009-12-22. 
  2. ^ Roth, Dan (September 29, 2008). "Lights Out: GM Minivan plant closes up shop". Autoblog. Retrieved 2009-12-22. 
  3. ^ http://www.autointell.com/nao_companies/general_motors/gm-sales/GM-US-data-book-2005.xls

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