Pontiac unveiled its first sport/utility vehicle, expanding its product range into the every-popular segment with its own variation of the Chevrolet Equinox. Like its corporate twin, the Torrent will stand out in the compact `ute class by offering a slightly bigger package than most and a base 3.4L/185-hp V-6 with a five-speed automatic transmission. Offered in front- and all-wheel drive, the Torrent is tuned for a more enthusiastic drive than the Equinox, fitting with the Pontiac brand character. The five-seater boasts several distinct features, such as electric power steering, a rear seat that adjusts 8 inches fore/aft, and removable/adjustable rear package shelf. Ultimately, the long wheelbase and large side doors may be counted among the most appealing traits, allowing easy ingress/egress. The 2006 Torrent is expected to arrive in dealerships in the second half of 2005.