Introduced in 2005, the Uplander was the third model name used to represent Chevrolet’s family minivan market. In order to improve the perception of their minivan, Chevrolet applied a number of exterior features borrowed from sport utility vehicle styling. Compared to the previous Venture van, the front end of the 2005 Chevrolet Uplander featured a longer looking, squarer hood and a larger upright grille. Four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes, automatic load-leveling shock absorbers and 17-inch wheels were included on all models of the Uplander minivan. The first year of the Chevrolet Uplander minivan was solely offered with a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that produced 200 horsepower and 220 pound-feet of torque. Equipped with a four-speed automatic transmission, the 2005 Uplander was offered as a front-wheel drive or with Versatrak all-wheel drive.
In 2006, a 240-horsepower 3.9-liter V-6 engine was introduced as an optional powerplant for the front-wheel drive Uplander. The larger six-cylinder engine became the standard power unit in 2007. Seven-seat capacity inside the Uplander featured foldable second and third row seating. A list of standard equipment including air conditioning, tilt steering column, power windows and an AM/FM stereo with CD player provided the Chevrolet Uplander as an attractive vehicle for families. An optional 40-gigabyte digital media player powered by PhatNoise was available on the Uplander consisting of a removable hard drive storage system. In 2007, the all-wheel drive option was dropped on the Uplander.
The 2007 Chevrolet Uplander was also available with a regular 113-inch wheelbase minivan or the extended length model with a 121.1-inch wheelbase. The Chevrolet minivan never obtained the acclaim garnered by domestic and foreign competition in the segment ultimately leading to the model‘s discontinuation after the 2008 model year. An all-new eight-passenger Chevrolet Traverse filled in the gap left by the Uplander.