so the american commercial market wants ugly as sin pistols w/ crappy ergos..
I don't think it's fair to make definitive statements about the ergonomics until the pistol reaches store shelves. I can't tell how a pistol will fit my hand by looking at a picture; can you?
Re: market potential of "ugly as sin" pistols... let's see, I can think of several pistols that are large, blocky, and somewhat ugly, but have decent to very good ergonomics, are inexpensive, and are very popular with first-time buyers.
I'd say that Walther is following a well-established formula.