The latest Ford EcoSport has been named the official vehicle in Marvel Studios’ upcoming blockbuster – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – demonstrating that “you don’t have to be Groot to go small and live big.”

The collaboration will also include a special edition comic book limited to 500 printed examples and will be available digitally for a short period of time. The comic highlights the compact SUV’s fun, capable and connected features, and will include the EcoSport, Groot, Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax and Rocket.

Not only that, United States citizens can stand a chance to win a brand new EcoSport in the “Be the Guardian of Your Galaxy” sweepstakes. Entrants will stand a chance to not only win the car, but a receive a hometown screening of the movie, one of 150 custom illustrations by a Marvel artist depicting the fan as a galactic hero, and “plenty of swag.”

“EcoSport is our smallest SUV, designed for active customers who need a compact, connected vehicle that enables richer experiences with family and friends. Teaming up with Marvel is a perfect way to share how EcoSport turns every drive into a chance to live big, enabling our Earth-bound customers to experience as many adventures as Guardians of the Galaxy offers,” said Chantel Lenard, executive director at Ford US marketing.

In the US, the EcoSport is offered with a choice of a 1.0 litre EcoBoost turbo three-cylinder engine and a 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder. Significantly redesigned from the inside out, the EcoSport also gets new technologies such as the new SYNC 3 infotainment system, a blind spot monitoring system and a Bang & Olufsen Play sound system.

GALLERY: 2018 Ford EcoSport