The new model of the electric vehicle will be launched in the U.S. in all the 50 states, early next year. It allows you to start, accelerate, decelerate and stop just by adjusting the pressure of your foot on the accelerator. The display shows what is going on around the auto.
Ask 10 random strangers which is the world's biggest maker of electric cars and, unless you happen to have stumbled across a team of battery scientists out to lunch, you can bet most will answer with Tesla.
Nissan is also pretty chuffed with a novel feature called the e-pedal, which lets you go and stop using just one foot pedal instead of two as you normally would in a auto fitted with an automatic transmission.
The all-new model improves on just about everything from the outgoing Leaf, though the smooth, egg-like styling did slowly grow on me.
We'll be back shortly with more from the Nissan Leaf launch event - we're not allowed to drive one, but dammit, we're at least going to give it a stroke. The new generation Nissan Leaf is based on a completely new design language, gets autonomous technology and a much higher driving range compared to its predecessor.
That lower cost - plus the car's new design and some high-tech features - could make buyers willing to pass up on the extra miles of range they may rarely need.
USA automaker Tesla is one of the pioneers in the electric vehicle industry and despite recently releasing its cheapest model to date, it has traditionally catered to the premium end of the market. All up, Nissan claims the energy density of the Leaf's battery has improved a significant 67 percent.
The 2018 Leaf introduced today has a more powerful electric motor driving its front wheels than the outgoing first-generation vehicle.
But the really clever function is the new Nissan Leaf's e-Pedal, insists the Japanese company.
Motorists can, however, drive with both a separate accelerator and brake pedal if they prefer. It also plans to launch a version in the next year with a range of more than 300 miles.
Those improvements also include an automated parking system, called ProPilot Park, that will take control of the vehicle to manoeuvre it into tricky spaces.
These features, however, are not just aimed at the US, the Leaf's biggest market, but also at China, a country many people see as the most promising market going forward.
Originally listed for $51,500 when launched in July 2012, the Leaf failed to spark sales even when the drive-away price was reduced to $39,990 less than 12 months after its arrival. Caldwell noted: "The original Leaf was easily recognizable, but not very attractive".
Nissan may be looking at 2018 to bring to India the Leaf, the world's best-selling fully electric auto.
But the Leaf is a core product for Yokohama-based Nissan, said Chief Executive Hiroto Saikawa. Nissan points out the car's V-motion grille (seen on other Nissan cars like the Qashqai, but blueish on the Leaf), the floating roof and the "boomerang" lights, as well as the projector-beam headlights.