Not sure who your dealer is but I was talking with the guy Epson hires for dealer training this week and the word is still hush about any release that is eminent and the official last word is that there is no launch date and it is still shelved until further notice.
As far as pricing goes Epson has always been with the masses. They are seiko and just like they want a seiko watch on every wrist, and an Epson printer in every home, they also want a projector in the mass population of that market.
So despite the prices that were relative to the market at one time, that was years ago with any official slotted price. Epson has become better and better at getting the market and price points right. JVC and some other companies have come into the mass market.
Be wary of black market epsons being sold in Canada and the USA. Where do you think all the bad panel Epsons go.
I think that like the 3d they waited, addressed the biggest issue with the 3d and then came out with guns blazing. With there philosophy in marketing they can't afford to get it wrong.
I wouldn't be betting on it this month, and the later it gets into the spring it would just make more sense to hold off and come up with a new model and throw it on. Another chassis.