The Infiniti brand was launched in Malaysia late last year with an all “37” range – a 3.7 litre V6 engine with 320 hp and 360 Nm powers the EX, FX, M and G Coupe. But this year has seen the introduction of more variants to widen the appeal. The M sedan range welcomed the M25 and M35h hybrid in April, and we now have the “25” version of the EX crossover, EX25.

The EX is the more junior of the two crossovers Infiniti sells here, and the new EX25 is the lowest priced Infiniti sold by Inspired Motor at RM325,000 OTR excluding insurance. That’s significantly cheaper than the RM380k required for the EX37, and annual road tax is of course much lower as well.

The EX25 is powered by a new 2.5 litre version of Nissan’s VQ engine. The twin-cam 24-valve V6 produces 218 hp and 253 Nm of torque at 4,800rpm. Top speed is 210 km/h while 0-100 km/h takes 9.0 seconds. Fuel consumption over the combined cycle is 11.3 km/l. The engine is paired to a seven-speed automatic gearbox.

Power is channeled to the 18-inch wheels via the ATTESA E-TS (Advanced Total Traction Engineering System for All Electronic Torque Split) AWD system. It uses active torque distribution management with an active centre clutch for smooth starts and better grip on slippery surfaces, without compromising the vehicle’s rear-wheel drive characteristics on dry roads. The system can send anything from 50% of drive to the front, to up to 100% to the rear. ESP is present, of course.

The suspension features double wishbones up front, a multi-link arrangement at the back, and Dual Flow Path (DFP) dampers.

Standard kit includes i-key (keyless entry and start), Bluetooth connectivity, cruise control, power seats, electric folding rear seat, auto-dimming rear view mirror, front and rear parking sensors, automatic lights and wipers, six airbags, Sequential Welcome Lighting Illuminated Entry, Adaptive Front-light System (AFS), xenons and Scratch Shield paint. The latter, which works with the sun’s heat to “heal” scratches, is standard across the Infiniti range.

The EX25 and the rest of the range can be viewed at Infiniti’s sole downtown outlet at Chulan Square, Jalan Raja Chulan.