2011 Infiniti G25x
2011 Infiniti G25x. Click image to enlarge

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By Paul Williams; photos by Chris Chase

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2011 Infiniti G

Since their introduction in 2003, the “G” series of Infiniti vehicles has been a major success. Starting with the G35 and moving to the G37, the celebrated VQ engine was one of the key ingredients of that success. Impossibly smooth, refined and powerful, the current 328-horsepower, 3.7-litre version of this V6 engine continues the tradition.

But the engine also contributes to cost, and unlike other luxury vehicles, it was, until this year, the only engine option available for Infiniti “G” buyers.

That changes with the G25. Driving the price down by about $3,000 and reducing fuel consumption by nine to 11 per cent (according to Infiniti), the G25 is powered with a 2.5-litre V6 engine making 218 horsepower and 187 pound-feet of torque. It is available in rear-wheel drive G25 and G25 Sport, and G25x (all-wheel drive) and G25x Sport versions, starting at $36,390 for the G25 sedan. Although no manual transmission is offered, the G25 models feature a seven-speed automatic with Drive Sport mode and the option of paddle shifting.

2011 Infiniti G25x
2011 Infiniti G25x. Click image to enlarge

Our Asgard Grey $45,460 (plus $1,920 freight) G25x Sport represented the upper end of the price spectrum for the G25.

The “base” G25 includes such features as 17-inch aluminum wheels, xenon headlights, LED taillights, leather upholstery, 8-way power driver’s seat, automatic temperature control, aluminum interior trim, heated seats, intelligent key system with push-button start, XM satellite radio and a full power group. Other than a missing Bluetooth, it’s well-equipped at this price.

The G25x adds all-wheel drive, along with driver’s memory seat, power tilt and telescopic steering column, moonroof, premium Bose audio system and a rear sonar system. The G25x Sport arrives with a Touring Package that ads a rear-view monitor, auto dimming rear-view mirror, Bluetooth, dual zone climate control, eight-way power passenger seat, 18-inch aluminum rims, unique front fascia and side sills, sport seats with power torso and thigh side adjustment, aluminum pedals and footrest and magnesium paddle shifters.

All-wheel drive couldn’t have been more welcome during our test period, as the weather included copious amounts of rain, freezing rain and snow, with heavy storms and challenging driving conditions throughout. The performance of the G25x in these conditions was brilliant. The all-wheel drive system was stellar on the ice and snow, and the car was completely stable and controlled no matter how deep the snow or poor the driving surface.

2011 Infiniti G25x
2011 Infiniti G25x. Click image to enlarge

Needless to say, I’m a fan.

In addition, the balance, ride and handling of the G25x also impressed. I like the car’s sharp steering and road-hugging demeanour; it feels like the centre of gravity is low, and has a distinctive character because of this. Unlike the G37 Sport, however, the G25 Sport version doesn’t offer special suspension settings or sport-tuned steering.

But the engine was something of a puzzle. Initially when driving the car without prior knowledge of its drive-train, I assumed the engine was a four-cylinder (because of its small displacement). My experience behind the wheel did nothing to dispel this assumption, as the engine generates a typical four-cylinder low-level vibration through the steering wheel and gearshift at idle, can be loud under acceleration and does not feel particularly powerful from a standstill. Recall that the G25x’s V6 makes 187 lb.-ft. at 4,800 rpm, while the competing Audi A4 (with only a four-cylinder engine) generates 258 lb.-ft- torque at 1,500 rpm).

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