In fact the Admin, was noting that if this coming announcement was about a D7000 replacement it would be the first major release without leaked specs, images and price. "leaks" are a normal way of building buzz around a new product while still not having answer direct questions. The leaks before the D7000 and D800 were flowing regularly and kept the excitement going for months before an announcement and can be credited to the tremendous pre-sales on day 1 both cameras had.
If there is a replacement soon, it will probably follow the recent trends of lower noise, higher ISO, more pixels and lighter bodies. This style body has proven to be rugged and abuse resistant so those worried about "build-quality", usually meaning weight, worried needlessly. I would expect more of the same, which is all very good. Each of recent cameras have immediately jumped to the top of their class. A lot of Canon shooters are envious that every single Nikon out now hias wider DR and less noise than any model their brand has ever produced. There is little reason to think Nikon is going to backtrack on that trend. Stan St Petersburg Russia