Following the space age designed Lumina APV minivan, Chevrolet decided to go for a more conventional shape for 1997. The family-oriented Chevrolet Venture was offered as a regular 112-inch wheelbase as well as an extended length model presented on the 120-inch wheelbase. For 1998, the Chevrolet Venture minivan came with optional dual rear passenger sliding doors. Driver and passenger side sliding doors became standard after the 2000 model year.
A power-operated sliding door system was optional on the Venture. Powered by a 3.4-liter V-6 engine, the Chevrolet Venture’s power was initially 180 horsepower. From 1999 to 2005, the Venture’s six-cylinder powerplant produced 185 horsepower. Throughout production of the Chevrolet Venture, engine power was channeled through a four-speed automatic transmission. Originally offered only as a front-wheel drive vehicle, the 2002 Venture added the option of VersaTrak all-wheel drive. With both engines, the Venture’s average fuel economy was over 21 miles per gallon.
Offered in seven and eight-passenger interior configurations, the base Chevrolet Venture came with standard features that include air conditioning, anti-lock brakes, front and front-side airbags and power door locks. On select 2000 to 2003 models, the Chevrolet Venture was offered with a Warner Bros. Edition package. Along with special exterior and interior trim pieces such as unique badging incorporating Bugs Bunny, the Warner Bros. Edition Venture minivan featured an enriched cabin.
A rear seat entertainment system, wireless headphones and leather seating were included standard on the Chevrolet Venture through the Warner Bros. Edition model. The Chevrolet Venture’s final year of production was 2005 consisting of a reduced trim level line and the presence of an extended-length only body style. During the 2005 model year, Chevrolet refreshed their family minivan and reintroduced it as the Uplander.