TOKYO -- Subaru will unveil a hybrid version of its Subaru XV Crosstrek small crossover at next week's New York auto show.
The car will be the brand's first gasoline-electric vehicle and employs technology developed in-house by Subaru, partly through technical exchanges with Toyota Motor Corp., the world's No. 1 hybrid vehicle maker and a 16.5-percent shareholder in Subaru's parent company.
Subaru did not say when the car hits showrooms, but the company has promised first deliveries sometime this year.
Also making a global premiere in New York will be a concept version of a new performance model, Subaru says.
Fuji Heavy Industries, Ltd., the parent company of the Subaru brand, declined to provide other details. But it released a photo of the hybrid XV Crosstrek in bright lime green.
Facing tougher emissions regulations, Subaru is rolling out hybrid technology to lift fuel economy in a fleet traditionally heavy on SUVs, crossovers and all-wheel-drive vehicles.
Subaru hasn't disclosed details of its hybrid system. But its hybrid concept cars over the years have sported an all-wheel drive layout mated to the electrified drivetrain.