We are considering moving to Gradle as the build system for our embedded projects. We need to use the new native plugins (cpp-appliation) as opposed to the Software Model plugins as CLion only supports the new plugins. According to the State and future of the Gradle Software Model article, the Software Model is to be deprecated and the native support back-ported to the current model. This was to be done in stages, with the most basic support to be ported first and then the more advanced configuration support later. It appears that the basic support has been done (available in the CPP Application Plugin), but none of the more advanced support.
As we are dealing with embedded projects, we will need more than the basics before we can move to Gradle. We need at minimum to be able to define an alternate platform and toolchain (for cross-compiling). Toolchain support was mentioned in the Software Model future article, but no indication as to when it might be done. Is there a proposed timeline for having this support available?