Doesn't surprise me since I just bought a 5DIII.
No regrets though. If it has improved autofocus and some marginal improvement in ISO performance it will eventually find it's way into my camera bag.
At $2,000 I am sure it won't be a gripped body. I still say more of a 5DIII in APS-C format.
What bothers me about this rumor though is that I don't believe this: "...a new EOS-1 body."
I just don't see Canon introducing a new EOS-1 body when the 1Dx was only released in 2011. There is no competitive reason for Canon to replace the 1Dx since Nikon's D4 pretty much mirrors the 1Dx and there's no indication that Nikon will be replacing it anytime soon. And, while I don't get all caught up in naming conventions, I can't imagine Canon dropping its "X" designation for 1 series cameras, nor can I imagine that the market would support both a 1Dx and another 1 series body.
I want to believe this rumor, but the EOS-1 statement throws it all into doubt in my view.
Well, let me amend that slightly and go back to an old idea I've had before. A 7DII that mirrors the 5DIII and a 7Dx that is targeted to pro-sports photographers who miss the 1.3 crop. Should be possible to develop a APS-C sensor today that has the same or better image quality and low-light performance of the last generation of APS-H sensor.
Both could share the same sensor, while the "x" version's autofocus would be to the 7DII as the 1Dx is to the 5DIII. Close but not quite the same. Put the "x" version in a fully weather sealed, gripped pro-style body and it could be a winner with professional sports shooters.