Another lens patent has shown up today. This time an EF-S 17-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM. Perhaps it’ll be a new kit lens this year and will replace the current 18-55 IS STM.
I can't see a (Canon) reason why we should see another kit lens.
The 18-55 STM has just been released and as far as I have read and heard, people are pleased with its performance (price/performance, IQ, AF speed).
However, this may also be a hold over from last years kit lens update
So I am much more willing to belive in this opinion.
Of course, a little bit more wide angle is always fine.
But for everybody who is hoping for 15 mm to start with, the 15 - 85 already exists, although not for a starter price.