I think China may be moving from cold war Chinese style defensive warfare to Russian/Soviet style armored mass assault with this type of design.damn, correct me if i'm wrong but the pics look like next gen tank retains the hull autoloader system? Here's to hoping they change it to a bustle loading autoloader similar to the ZTQ-15 and Japanese MBTs. the Much faster reload speeds or bustle loading would be a nice have for one.
Type 15 is great for dealing with larger number of trash tanks (India) while Type 99As can move quickly in reverse as they're sniping enemy elite tanks (formerly Russia but now NATO/South Korea) while remaining impervious from the front.
The new tank seems most similar to T14. It'll have carousel autoloader which is more protected than bustle. Armored capsule is likely guaranteed.
In other words, it will basically be a similar type of tank as the T14 but mass produced and utlilizing the tech advantages China has.
Looking at the future, China may have to fight a defensive war in Taiwan, where Type 15 would dominate. But it may also become involved in the middle east and/or need to do a counteroffensive in Korea, and for that, Russian style mass armored pushes might be the logical solution sought by army planners.