If you’re partial to the Ford Fiesta but would prefer something just a bit roomier, you’re in luck. For the 2018 model year, the Blue Oval automaker will bring out the EcoSport compact utility vehicle in updated form (the vehicle is already on sale in Europe). Power will come from a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine while a turbocharged three-cylinder will be available. With small models such as the Chevrolet Trax, Honda HR-V and others gaining popularity, the introduction of the EcoSport makes perfect sense.

Ford is late to the game with a compact utility vehicle to compete with the Honda HR-V, Chevrolet Trax and Mazda CX-3. The new Ford EcoSport arrives in calendar 2017 as a 2018 model. (PHOTO: FORD)

Ford EcoSport will slot in before the Escape: