They really are making progress I think. They stuck with the great control layout of the D-Lux typ 109, they added "just enough" touch control - to "swipe" playback images and to point-and-shoot by touching, they greatly improved the EVF, and got the full-frame sensor. But, they don't want to tamper too much with the M's, for fear of losing that very lucrative market.
But I don't they should leave the Q in a no-man's-land, confusing people as to what it's supposed to be - most of which it's not. They should at the very least make the D-Lux style shoulder case (18821) that's not just another ugly traditional camera case, available for the Q, so more people who aren't old-time photographers will carry it in style, which they can't do now.