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 April 26, 2005
2005 Chevrolet Uplander
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Chevrolet's minivan, the Venture, gets a new name and a new look this fall. Its new name is Uplander, and on the outside it will look more like a sport-utility than a minivan.

The Uplander will be offered in a base version, a mid-level LS model, and the top-of-the-line LT. The base and LS have door and liftgate handles that are black, while the LS gets body-colored handles.

Inside, the Uplander has second- and third-row seats that can be folded or removed for 136.5 cubic feet of cargo-carrying capability. The second-row seats can be either bucket seats or captain's chairs. The third-row seat is a 50-50 split one that can be folded and stowed. The third-row bench seat can be folded to create a level load floor when combined with its rear convenience center/cargo system.

An overhead storage system is standard and features rails to which modules for storing various items, from cell phones to first aid kids, can be attached. The rail system also integrates the rear climate and audio controls, lighting, and optional rear-seat DVD system. A cargo-organizing system with storage compartments and beverage-holding spots is also standard. The cargo system's doors are split down the middle to line up with the 50/50 split/folding third-row seat. This allows folding or stowing one side of the seat and one side of the cargo system and creating a flat load floor for carrying long objects on one side while permitting passengers to sit on the other side. The cargo system has three dividers, running from front to rear, which create four storage compartments, sized to hold such items as juice containers, 12-packs of soda and grocery bags. The forward edge of the dividers is cut out to create a long, left-to-right compartment, capable of storing long items such as golf umbrellas.

Safety features include standard daytime running lights, anti-lock brakes and a back-up obstacle detection system (park assist). All seven seats have three-point safety belts. LATCH child safety restraints are in the second row. Front airbags are dual stage so they deploy in a force corresponding to the crash severity. Seat-mounted side airbags are optional. The front passenger seat is equipped with a sensing system that knows the presence or absence of a passenger and the size of the person so it can deploy or not deploy the airbag accordingly. A built-in child safety seat is available for children at least a year old, who are between 22 and 40 pounds in weight, 33.5 and 40 inches in height and capable of sitting upright alone.

Among the Uplander's optional features is a DVD player and flip-down screen and XM Satellite Radio. Mid-year, another unique option is Mobile Digital Media Powered by PhatNoise entertainment system with a 40-gigabyte, removable and downloadable hard drive cartridge that is the size of a wallet. It has enough memory to hold 10,000 songs in MP3 or WAV formats and plays music, movies, video games and much more. The PhatNoise system's hard drive is easily removable, so it can be connected to a home PC or laptop to download computer files for playback in the Uplander.

Call Paul Masse Chevrolet today to see when you can see the new Uplander in person!


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