I spoke to a guy at Polaris about this. Allegedly, they have been wanting to release the automatic trans with a new proprietary motor moving away from the 2.4L Ecotec. However, they haven't been able to solidify a new in house powerplant which has postponed the release of the auto trans that was allegedly originally scheduled for 2019. I have no idea how much truth to this there is but I could not see why this guy would lie about it either.
could be they want a smaller lighter power plant to offset the extra weight of an automatic