Ford Motor Company has sure made a lot of headlines since announcing that it was dropping virtually all of its cars from its North American lineup. No doubt, the automaker is intent on moving the ship in a new direction, by offering a lineup heavily weighted to utility vehicles.

While Ford already offers a number of such models, that number is sure to grow in the next three years. Already, the Dearborn-based manufacturer is getting reinforcements in the subcompact-crossover segment with the arrival of the 2018 EcoSport, a "mini-truck" already in service since the latter part of last winter.

Ford Canada invited a few members of the automotive press to the eastern tip of the country to discover up close its newest utility vehicle.

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