Ford is Developing a 10 Speed Auto Trans and working with GM on it, in return GM will let Ford use its 9 Speed Auto Transmission. In our MKC we have a joint Ford/GM 6 Speed Auto Trans. Ford has also recently said to save money they are dropping a gear in the 9 speed and making it 8 for FWD vehicles. The 10 speed right now is slotted for RWD trucks and cars.
MORE gear not always better folks. The ZF 9 speed in my Evoque was so horrendous that I dumped the vehicle in 15 months. 8 speed in the RRS is a dream however. ZF 9 speeds have been a nightmare in EVERY vehicle they have been used in including Cherokees, Tl's etc. Careful what you ask for. Just tightening up the shifting in sport mode and allowing a harder launch would solve most of the current shortcomings. It works quite well IMHO and I probably have more experience than most with higher levels of driving also TBH..