Tamiya's strategy is fairly predictable. Release a basic car, then every 6months or so release hopped-up versions of it, with the last release being a TRF model.
If this car gets released then that is the strategy they follow. They WILL develop this car because they already have a novice type 4wd (Gravel Hound/Rising Storm) - so it makes no sense to design a completely new novice 4wd.
Eventually, this will be their top line 4wd.
It has a lot of great features, such as the very long arm suspension, no chassis overhang front or rear, in-line mounted battery, laterally mounted motor, front and rear shocks mounted inside of their respective axle-lines (for more centralized weight balance and protection).
It is not hard to imagine a TRF version with a carbon composite tub chassis, carbon fibre shock towers, Tamiya's DF02 alloy shocks, titanium turnbuckles etc
The only disadvantage atm seems to be the transmission, but think about it:
You have so much run time in off road that it makes sense to sacrifice a little drive train efficiency in order to get the maximum handing benefit.
That's exactly why Losi has re-released the XX4 - it is the best handing 4wd on the market, and it doesn't matter if it's less efficient when there are no issues with run-time anyway
Tamiya are clearly thinking the same way - design a 4wd for handling ability FIRST, then worry about the drive-train.
I just hope the chassis will accomodate the packs we use in touring cars instead of just stick packs.