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Hyundai’s High-Performance Sonata N Line: Maxed Out but Not Track-Ready for Speed Junkies

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Hyundai’s High-Performance Sonata N Line: Maxed Out but Not Track-Ready for Speed Junkies

 

Hyundai’s Sonata N Line is the pinnacle for those seeking a spicier ride within the Sonata lineup. However, if you were hoping for a full-fat N version of the Hyundai Sonata, it seems the company has closed the door on that possibility. The prospects of a high-performance Sonata N have been quashed by Albert Biermann, the company’s executive technical advisor, who poured cold water on the idea during discussions with Australian media at the launch event of the Hyundai Ioniq 5 N.

Biermann made it clear that the Sonata N Line, despite its prowess, doesn’t align with the track-centric philosophy of Hyundai’s N division. “Sonata N Line is no race track [car],” he emphasised, indicating that the existing platform, which also underpins models like the Tucson and Santa Fe, won’t accommodate a Sonata N in its current form.

The limitations lie in the architecture of the current Sonata, hailed as the third-generation platform by Hyundai. While the N Line version boasts a robust turbocharged 2.5-litre four-cylinder engine, it falls short of the criteria to be classified as a full-fledged N car. Hyundai stipulates that all N-branded vehicles must embody a blend of everyday sportiness and track capabilities – what they affectionately term ‘corner rascals.’ Despite sharing an engine with the i30 Sedan N, the Sonata N Line evidently doesn’t meet these stringent criteria.

2024 Hyundai Sonata N Line Red

2024 Hyundai Sonata N Line

Hyundai utilises the N Line nameplate for models like the Sonata N Line that offer augmented power, firmer suspension tunes, and cosmetic enhancements but are not designed for track performance.

In the Australian market, the Sonata N Line stands as the sole variant available, despite other powertrain options like the naturally aspirated 2.5-litre, hybrid 2.0-litre, and turbocharged 1.6-litre four-cylinder being offered overseas. The strategy here is simple: Hyundai Australia offers the Sonata with the highest specifications and the most potent engine, leaving no other choices beyond selecting the preferred colour.

Moving into the 2024 model year, the facelifted eighth-generation Hyundai Sonata N Line remains the solitary choice for Australian buyers, coming fully loaded at a starting price of $55,500 before on-road costs. This updated version commands a premium of $3435 compared to its pre-update iteration.

Visually, the refreshed Sonata N Line flaunts revamped 19-inch alloy wheels, redesigned front and rear bumpers, a distinct ‘H’ rear lighting signature, and a hands-free power boot lid. Additionally, a matte exterior paint option has been introduced for the first time, offering a new aesthetic dimension to the vehicle.

2024 Hyundai Sonata N Line Interior.

2024 Hyundai Sonata N Line Interior.

Step inside the 2024 Sonata N Line, and you’ll find a new curved display housing a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster alongside a 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system. Further interior updates encompass a steering column-mounted shift-by-wire gear selector, a redesigned steering wheel, touch-type dual-zone climate controls, 64-color LED ambient interior lighting, acoustic laminated front glass, and front and rear USB-C ports.

Safety features are bolstered in the updated model, now including Intelligent Speed Limit Assist as standard and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

Under the hood, the 2024 Hyundai Sonata N Line retains its powerful 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, generating 213kW of power and 422Nm of torque. This powerplant remains paired exclusively with an eight-speed wet dual-clutch automatic transmission, driving the front wheels.

The dimensions of the 2024 Sonata N Line measure 4910mm in length, 1860mm in width, and 1445mm in height, with a 2840mm wheelbase. In terms of efficiency, it claims a combined fuel economy of 8.1 litres per 100km, equipped with a 60-litre fuel tank and requiring a minimum of 91 RON regular unleaded petrol.

2024 Hyundai Sonata N Line Rear.

2024 Hyundai Sonata N Line Rear.

Regarding safety, while the eighth-generation Sonata is yet to undergo testing by ANCAP or Euro NCAP, the 2024 Sonata N Line is equipped with an array of standard safety equipment. This includes Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with various detection capabilities, blind-spot assistance, rear cross-traffic assist, lane-keep and lane-following assist, adaptive cruise control, rear occupant alert, and a surround-view camera system, among others.

Standard equipment for the Sonata comprises 19-inch alloy wheels, automatic projector LED headlights, panoramic glass sunroof, N Line body kit, a Bose sound system, head-up display, wireless phone charger, heated and ventilated seats, and a suite of Bluelink connected services subscription for five years, offering various functionalities and services.

The 2024 Sonata N Line presents a choice of exterior paint colours, including Serenity White, Biophilic Ink, Abyss Black, Nocturne Grey, Ultimate Red, and Aero Silver matte, each with varying additional costs.

In essence, while the Sonata N Line continues to reign as the flagship offering within the Sonata range, enthusiasts hoping for a fully-fledged Sonata N model might need to content themselves with the N Line’s enhanced performance and features, as Hyundai has opted not to pursue a dedicated track-oriented N version for this iteration.

 

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Grants Propel Housing Delivery in Regional NSW

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Grants Propel Housing Delivery in Regional NSW

 

Nearly $3 million in funding from the NSW Government is set to expedite the delivery of almost 24,000 new regional homes, with 16 councils securing grants under the second round of the Regional Housing Strategic Planning Fund. Ranging from the North Coast to the Central West and the Riverina, these councils will receive grants of up to $250,000 each.

The objective of these grants is to accelerate the delivery of new homes in regional areas through various strategies, including the formulation of housing plans, infrastructure preparation, and amendments to local environmental plans to facilitate the construction of diverse and affordable housing options.

As more individuals opt for regional NSW living, the demand for homes has increased, leading to rising prices and a shortage of available properties. Hence, bolstering regional housing supply is paramount.

These grants are part of a broader set of initiatives aimed at boosting regional housing supply, including the expansion of the Government’s Urban Development Program, the Regional Housing Flying Squad, the Regional Housing Fund, and the Accelerated Infrastructure Fund.

Together, these initiatives aim to streamline the planning process, support necessary infrastructure development, and aid regional councils in their housing-related endeavours.

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16 councils securing grants under the second round of the Regional Housing Strategic Planning Fund.

In Round 1 of the Regional Housing Strategic Planning Fund, $3.85 million was allocated to 20 projects across 19 councils. Notable projects include the Raymond Terrace Sub-Precincts Master Plan collaboration between Port Stephens Council and Homes NSW, aimed at expediting affordable housing supply.

Another project by Port Stephens Council focused on addressing development barriers such as drainage and flooding resilience in the Shoal Bay Precinct.

Armidale Regional Council, another recipient of Round 1 funding, successfully developed and implemented its Local Housing Strategy.
For further details on the councils receiving funding and their respective projects, interested parties can visit the NSW Planning website.

Minister for Planning and Public Spaces Paul Scully emphasised the importance of supporting regional councils in expediting housing delivery for their communities. He highlighted the crucial role of regional NSW in the state’s housing supply landscape and underscored the government’s commitment to ensuring housing targets are met while also addressing future hazards.

 

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AI: Transforming Real Estate in Four Ways

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AI: Transforming Real Estate in Four Ways

 

In a world where AI reigns supreme, the real estate industry is undergoing a revolutionary transformation. Gone are the days of manual property searches and mundane tasks. AI is reshaping the landscape, empowering professionals, and enhancing customer experiences like never before.

Here are four ways AI is revolutionising real estate:

  1. Enhanced Customer Satisfaction: AI-powered assistants engage with clients, address queries, and provide personalised recommendations, offering round-the-clock support. This frees up professionals’ time to focus on high-value tasks, leading to unparalleled customer experiences.
  2. Empowered Property Search: AI algorithms analyse vast amounts of data to deliver accurate insights and personalised recommendations, streamlining the property search process. Buyers and professionals can make more informed decisions quickly, aligning with customer demands.
  3. Better Data for Investors: AI simplifies property valuation and risk assessment by analysing real-time data and identifying patterns. Investors can make informed decisions based on predictive analytics, ensuring profitable investments in a dynamic market.
  4. Simplified Property Management: AI-driven smart home technologies automate routine tasks, monitor energy consumption, and detect maintenance issues in real-time. This streamlines property management, reduces costs, and optimises property performance.
AI Transforming real estate

In a world where AI reigns supreme, the real estate industry is undergoing a revolutionary transformation.

AI is not only transforming real estate operations but also propelling the industry into predictive analytics. By leveraging historical data and market trends, AI algorithms forecast future property prices and demand, empowering professionals to seize profitable opportunities and stay ahead of the curve. With AI, the future of real estate looks promising.

 

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2024 Toyota LandCruiser Prado Unveiled: A Powerhouse Upgrade Ready to Conquer Australian Roads

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2024 Toyota LandCruiser Prado Unveiled: A Powerhouse Upgrade Ready to Conquer Australian Roads

 

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Toyota Australia is gearing up for the highly anticipated launch of the 2024 Toyota LandCruiser Prado, set to hit the market with a range of new features and enhancements aimed at solidifying its position as a top contender in the SUV segment. With a mid-year launch on the horizon, the automaker has revealed key details about the upcoming Prado, including its variant line-up and advanced drivetrain specifications.

The new Prado will boast five distinct grades, catering to a wide range of preferences and driving needs. From the entry-level GX to the top-tier Kakadu spec, buyers can expect a comprehensive selection of options. Notably, the line-up will introduce an all-new ‘Altitude’ variant, specially designed for off-road enthusiasts seeking enhanced performance and rugged capabilities.

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2024 Toyota LandCruiser Prado Interior.

2024 Toyota LandCruiser Prado Interior.

Under the hood, the 2024 Prado will feature a formidable 2.8-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder powertrain, equipped with innovative 48-volt assistance technology. This cutting-edge drivetrain, shared with the face lifted HiLux, delivers robust performance with 150kW of power and 500Nm of torque, paired with an efficient eight-speed automatic transmission. Furthermore, Toyota assures drivers of exceptional towing capability, with the Prado capable of handling a 3500kg braked trailer.

In terms of design and technology, each Prado variant comes packed with an array of premium features aimed at maximising comfort, convenience, and driving pleasure. LED headlights, a 12.3-inch multimedia screen with wireless smartphone connectivity, and a 10-speaker audio system are just a few highlights available across the range. Additionally, specific grades offer luxurious touches such as heated and ventilated seats, a refrigerated console box, and advanced driver assistance systems for enhanced safety and control.

2024 Toyota LandCruiser Prado

2024 Toyota LandCruiser Prado

Toyota Australia’s Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Sean Hanley, expressed excitement about the upcoming release, emphasising the Prado’s longstanding legacy of reliability and performance. He highlighted the vehicle’s versatility in catering to diverse lifestyles and adventures, reaffirming Toyota’s commitment to delivering top-tier SUVs that meet the evolving needs of Australian consumers.

With pricing details yet to be announced, anticipation is high for the arrival of the 2024 Toyota LandCruiser Prado. As drivers prepare to embark on new journeys and conquer challenging terrains, Toyota’s latest offering promises to set a new standard for excellence in the SUV market. Stay tuned for more updates and information as the launch date approaches.

Details will be confirmed closer to the Prado’s launch in mid-2024.

 

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