And I am betting the new Vee won't cost $16,000 either.
It won't, but if it costs $13K-$14K (likely, IMO), then $16K-$17K for a much better motorcycle is a better deal/value.
The DL-650 (Wee/Glee) is a good platform to improve from, since it is good value at ~$8-8.5K.
I wouldn't put $3K to improve a $13K motorcycle, would just go straight to the $16K bike.
I don't see Suzuki putting high quality suspension. Almost all their bikes have cheap suspension. Nor do I see any of the smart mapping all the other high end ADVs have, or the fly-by-wire throttle, cruise control.
It is going to be a better Vee, lighter and stronger, but not a force that can compete with the current 1200CC ADV bikes (BMW, Ducati, KTM, Triumph, Aprilia)
In fact, the other 1000cc "ADV" bikes are the Kawasaki Versys 1000, which I would never put off road with an inline 4 and so much weight, and the Honda Varadero 1000cc which is a great bike, but not sold in the US, and is also getting outdated.
KTM will no longer have the 990 model sold.. Does Suzuki want to be the only manufacturer selling in the US an ADV bike with 1000cc? Maybe it is a genius strategy, or maybe they don't read the market very well??