I used to have an XL250 (and then an XL600). I think the CRF250L is following in the footsteps of the XL250 which was more on the street end of the dirt/street sprectum.
I consider this more of a commuter bike that can tackle some unsealed roads and single track.
Hopefully it has at least a 10 litre tank and weighs no more than 130kg.
At least Honda is back in the game and one would have to consider this against the KLX250S and WR250R.
(It's a pity we don't get the fuel injected version of the KLX250S here in New Zealand.)