So looks like giant stepping up their game a little and bringing a better bike into the US for next year including the Suntour air fork.

XTC SL Jr 24 (2015) | Giant Bicycles | United States

No idea when available at retail or whether it appreciably lighter than competitive offerings or their prior 24" bike (I thought the XTC was a bit of a lead anchor at somewhere around 29 lbs)

If anyone sees one or picks one up please post impressions.