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2006 Chevrolet Uplander Van - Overview

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Overview

What's New
Chevrolet has realigned the Uplander's trim levels for 2006. Gone is the Base trim, which leaves only LS and LT trim. The only other changes are the availability of second-row side air bags; a new, more powerful 3.9L V-6 engine option; and two new exterior colors.

Overview
The Uplander came to birth for the 2005 model year because Chevrolet wanted to take a new approach to the minivan segment. In an effort to stem the tide of minivan customers moving into SUVs, it designed the Uplander to blur the distinction between the two segments. Hence, the crossover sport van (as Chevrolet refers to the Uplander) has SUV styling combined with popular van features. In the process, the Uplander intentionally succeeded in phasing out the Chevy Venture with its conventional minivan styling. In 2005, the two vans sat side-by-side in dealer showrooms, but the Venture has now been retired.

In keeping with other Chevrolet trucks, the Uplander is now available in only LS and LT trim, although variations are offered in each. (A commercial cargo version is also available.) Customers can specify either front-wheel drive (FWD) with optional StabiliTrak, GM's electronic stability control system, or Versatrak all-wheel drive, which automatically transfers wheel torque where needed in poor traction situations. Standard power is provided by GM's 3500 3.5L V-6, rated at 201 hp and 216 lb.-ft. of torque. LT models with FWD offer the option of going with the more powerful, 240-hp 3.9L engine. Both engines come with an electronically controlled automatic overdrive transaxle.

Uplander can seat up to seven and offers several cargo configurations. Among its many options is a Sit-N-Lift power seat for physically challenged passengers. With the aid of a hand-held remote control, the seat rotates and extends from the right side of the second-row seating area to provide easy passenger transfer. Another nice option is the PhatNoise entertainment system, which includes a removable 40-gigabyte hard drive that can store music, movies, and video games for playback in the vehicle.

The Competition
The Chevrolet Uplander exists in the Midsize Van segment. Uplander and its three GM counterparts, the Buick Terraza, Pontiac Montana SV6, and Saturn Relay, were all introduced as 2005 models. Their crossover sport van design brings a fresh, new element to this growing segment that is comprised of 15 models (including the upcoming Hyundai Entourage).

The J.D. Power and Associates Sales ReportSM indicates that total sales in this segment for 2005 amounted to more than one million units-a significant portion of the overall light-vehicle market. Of the four new GM crossover sport vans, the Uplander sold more units (72,980 in calendar year 2005) than the other three combined. There's plenty of room for growth, however, when compared to the Dodge Caravan's 226,771 sales. The Chrysler Town & Country (180,759), Honda Odyssey (174,275), and Toyota Sienna (161,380) all had sales of more than 150,000.

Available Trims for the 2006 Chevrolet Uplander Van

  Transmission MSRP Engine City/Hwy MPG
LS w/1FL 4 speed automatic $19,250 201-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl 18/25
Cargo 4 speed automatic $21,150 201-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl 18/25
LT w/1LT 4 speed automatic $26,250 201-hp / 3.5L 6-cyl 18/25

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