Smoking_Rubber. I don't mean to bust your bubble but the document I linked to above is direct from Ford listing the 2018 specifications like the 33.5kWh battery and the exact same fuel economy ratings as the 2017 FFE The only thing different from the '17 I see is the ugly new green and no blue or red color options. I hope I am wrong but I expect the '18 model year to be the last FFE and the 300mi range ECOsport based "CUV" to be here for the '19 model year replacing the FFE as Ford's BEV offering. I would be ecstatic if they had a MK4 FFE along side the electric CUV but seeing as how Ford now doesn't make many FFEs and is reluctant to sell the FFE outside of CARB states I honestly can't see Ford selling any more BEVs than they have to in order to meet the CARB requirements.
The first two of your links are about the ICE focus in Europe. Europe got the MK3 focus before us and it is reasonable to believe they will get the MK4 focus next year and we will get the MK4 focus in '19 from China. There is exactly 0 possibility of the USA getting a MK4 focus for the 2018 model year. They are shutting down the factory sometime in 2018 to move next generation focus production to China. This article explicitly says the next generation focus will be the focus built in China. http://www.detroitnews.com/story/busine ... 103032080/
Oddly US focus production will stop mid 2018 and China focus production won't start till 2nd half 2019??? I wonder if this means we won't get a 2019 focus?
Your third link is to a FL dealer's blog from March. Hardly a reputable source and since we already know the efficiency of the '18 FFE has not improved likely the increased efficiency they mentioned was just wishful thinking.
I really wish I was wrong but the future of the FFE does not look promising