I saw one in person today when I dropped off my kid to pick up a 2012 250. It's a nice evolution from the 12s. The last obvious ode to cheapness is the rear brake pedal, still stamped steel with ugly holes punched in it. The clutch lever pull is noticably lighter and the lines work better. It was sitting next to 2 12s and a CBR250r. It easily blows them both away in pure looks. It is much more a solid looking "real" bike than the 12 and far and away beyond the CBR. My opinion only. The wheels and tires are proportionate to the body. It'll not look far out of place among 600-1000s on the road or parked among friends, tghat should be a huge draw to younger new riders.
The passenger pad has gotten thinner, the ergos seem the same. A few pieces crossed over unchanged. The dash is decent looking too. Sitting on one wouldn't be a bad place to be. Wonder how they run.