Mazda Motor Corp.’s next-generation Mazda6 midsize car will make its world debut at the Frankfurt auto show in mid-September, the auto maker says.

This will be the first redesign of the Mazda6, known as the Atenza in Japan and which comes in sedan as well as wagon and hatchback body styles, since the car went on sale in 2002 as an ’03 model.

“Inheriting Mazda’s tradition of responsive handling and performance that has become recognized around the world and evolving the original model’s distinctive design and exceptional functionality, the all-new Mazda6 takes a step forward in quality and offers strengthened environmental and safety performance,” Mazda says in a statement.

As with the Mazda2 subcompact before it, Mazda says the Mazda6 further deepens “the emotional connection between man and machine,” which the auto maker calls “Kizuna.”

The new Mazda6 will debut during Mazda’s Sept. 11 press conference at Frankfurt.