Is that an optical illusion or is the loop, for the front brake lines, a fair bit higher than the previous model year? Perhaps somewhat addressing the few cases where the lower loop grabbed knobbies when the front fender issue came up? Not as good as two individual, but if that front arch really is higher, that would be progress.
It will be great to hear what issues have or have not been addressed to improve a good bike. I'm sure there were changes that were quietly done that were not published in the advertising literature. A part number change might be the only way to determine those. Always fun to see what a manufacturer deems worthy of change when they roll out a model update.