OK, I went to Lowes return desk and asked to speak to the store manager. Explained the whole old model vs new model, defects, etc. He was very polite but basically told me ďthey donít let us know anything, I would have no way of finding out when the new model is coming inĒ.
So I went to look at the Bosch. I liked it! And they had a bundle special with the RA1054 Deluxe Router Guide for 219 (basically the same price as Amazon). Iím not sure how Iíll use the guide but I saw it can be set up to cut circles. Thatís something I know Iíll use. Also Iím thinking I might be able to ďre-wireĒ it to make a plainer somehow (insert Tim Allen grunt here)Ö
So overall Iím happy,, Iíll be ordering the router table base so I donít have to drill out my current table and so I can play around with the above table adjustment.