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The Lexus UX hasn't even hit dealers; we just got done testing the tiny SUV on the streets of Stockholm. But rumors are already hinting at a hardcore F model. In an interview with the publication WhichCar?, UX Chief Engineer and Lexus Executive Vice President, Chika Kako, spilled some details on the rumored hot-UV – but it's not so cut and dry.

When asked directly about a UX F, Kako said: "Currently we haven't considered it." But that doesn't mean that the company is shuttering the idea entirely. Previous reports suggest that Lexus' F range could move to hybrid power, and Kako hinted that – with a hardcore hybrid powertrain – the UX "has potential" to become an F model.

2019 Lexus UX
2019 Lexus UX

"The intent of creating this vehicle is not just to create something that's accessible or cheap," said Kako, "but to create a vehicle for somebody that really likes the package that we've come up with…. Going back to hybrid technology we want to have a more performance-oriented, sporty image of the hybrid technology that we could offer."

Already the Lexus UX has a hybrid option; the small SUV comes powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine paired with two electric motors that bring the total output to 175 horsepower (130 kilowatts) and 151 pound-feet (204 Newton-meters) of torque. But a warmed-up F model would require more power. The outgoing Audi SQ3 produced 200 hp (149 kW), and the Mercedes GLA 45 produces 375 hp (279 kW).

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If the rumored UX F does get the green light, don't expect it before 2020. The company is currently testing a hardcore F variant of its LC coupe, destined to arrive sometime in 2019, with an updated RC F expected to show up sometime later in the year.

Source: WhatCar?

Gallery: 2019 Lexus UX First Drive

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