The Uplander minivan shares platforms and powertrains with the Buick Terraza, Pontiac Montana SV6, and Saturn Relay. Like those models, it achieves an SUV-like appearance by means of a slightly higher ride height and unique styling cues, though it retains sliding rear-side doors and offers three rows of seating for as many as seven passengers. The 2007 models all come standard with a 3.9-liter, 240-horsepower V-6, a significant uptick over last year’s 3.5-liter, 200-horsepower engine. The 3.9-liter V-6 offers E85/flex-fuel capability and is teamed with a standard four-speed automatic transmission and front-wheel drive. Stability control is standard for ’07 as well and there are four new colors — Light Amethyst Metallic, Polar Blue Metallic, Gold Mist Metallic and Medium Brown Metallic. The Uplander features include a 50/50-split rear seat that folds into the floor; the second-row seats are also foldable and removable as needed to maximize cargo-carrying abilities. There’s also a load-leveling suspension available; standard anti-lock brakes and 17-inch wheels are standard. An optional roof-mounted DVD entertainment system incorporates a 20 GB hard drive for media storage. Curtain airbags are available optionally.
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