With the demise of the 20-year-old Astro Cargo Van after the 2004 model year, Chevrolet was required to provide a solid, dependable commercial companion for businesses and tradespeople. Based on the brand’s all-new family minivan, the 2005 Chevrolet Uplander Cargo Van featured the same sport utility vehicle-like front-end styling and a 121.1-inch wheelbase. The only major design differentiation between the passenger van and cargo van model of the Chevrolet Uplander is the available body color matching second and third row window coverings.
For 2005, the Uplander Cargo Van received a 3.5-liter V-6 engine that utilizes variable valve timing and electronic throttle control. The 200-horsepower six-cylinder powerplant was included standard on the 2005 and 2006 model year Chevrolet Uplander Cargo Van. In 2007, a more potent 3.9-liter V-6 engine generating 240 horsepower became the minivan’s base powerplant. Both engines were linked to a four-speed automatic transmission.
With seating for a driver and front seat passenger, the Uplander Cargo Van’s rear storage volume is rated at 136.5 cubic feet. Heavy-duty rubber mat as well as available partitions and bins augment the rear cargo area for a wide variety of commercial uses. The Chevrolet Uplander Cargo Van’s final year of production in 2008 consisted of a heavier list of standard features. StabiliTrak electronic stability control, traction control, OnStar and XM Satellite radio was installed on all 2008 Uplander models including the Cargo Van. Without an immediate replacement for the Uplander Cargo Van, Chevrolet’s next commercial small van was the City Express Cargo Van introduced in 2015.