Honghu Mass-Production Series (2020 Beifeng & Yuji)
Developed as more ‘affordable’ luxury cars when compared to their bespoke 8-series counterparts, the Beifeng sedan and Yuji crossover offer the Chinese market nationalistic alternatives to other luxury vehicles, with the help of Honghu’s reputation in the country.
Honghu Beifeng - From CSR to Actual Lore
You might remember the Beifeng from CSR102 eh? Originally, it was supposed to be a one-time throwaway car, but after a while I gave it some thought then considered “Hey, Hongqi makes more than just the L5. They have the H-series sedans don’t they?” thus leading to the Beifeng being more than just a simple competition throwaway.
The Beifeng aims to be sleek and sharp, with its thin headlights and edgy angles across the front fascia. The signature Honghu grille is applied alongside the typical large red badge and delta ornament. A thin strip of chrome lines the side.
The rear follows Honghu tradition with a heckeblende-style single light unit.
The Beifeng gives users options between the Huangdou-built turbocharged 1.8 litre inline-4 (like the real-life Hongqi H5) or a Jinhe-developed turbocharged 3.0 litre V6 making 294 horsepower. Such V6 would take the Beifeing to 100 km/h in 7.7 seconds, far plenty for the Chinese market. The Beifeng was available only inall-wheel-drive, connected to an eLSD just like the Jinhe GC.
Interior & Technology
The Beifeng shares similar tech to the Jinhe GC, with the AI-assisted collision avoidance system coming standard. The interior compared to the 88888888L was as expected, not as luxurious, but still offered ample comfort for its class. Instead of using the widescreen Jinhe display, the Beifeng’s infotainment is a large vertical tablet-like screen making its way from top of dash down to the cupholders. Physical buttons were absent in the centre console, however most functions could be controlled via. the steering wheel.
The Honghu Beifeng is priced around 395 000 RMB, the equivalent of roughly $75 000 CAD.
The Yuji, (Monsoon in Chinese) is very similar to the Beifeng, sharing the same tech, powerplant, and chassis as the Beifeng. Different is, it’s a crossover.
The Yuji shares identical elements to the Beifeng, with the large badge and chrome grille, delta ornament, and similar but stretched lower fascia. An aluminum element however, is added in the lower part of the fascia which houses the cruise radar.
The rear is, as expected, similar to most Honghus with the single taillight unit. What sets the Yuji’s rear apart is its distinct lower fascia, given its aluminum-styled elements. The liftgate design is also unique to the Yuji, with an upper and lower portion able to open separately like the BMW X5.
Technology, Drivetrain, Everything Else.
Drivetrain, tech, etc. are all shared between the Yuji and the Beifeng. It’s really just the Beifeng but a crossover, not gonna lie.
The Yuji can be picked up for a bit more than the Beifeng at roughly 420000RMB or $80 000 CAD.