The British edition of Autocar reports that the Dacia brand, which is part of the Renault Group and produces, among other things, the Duster model, has lost its chief designer – Miles Nurnberger, a native of Aston Martin, who worked on the next—generation Duster and the new Bigster model, has left the company. Journalists quote Dacia CEO Denis Le Vaut: according to him, the design of the Dacia Duster of the third generation and Bigster is “99 percent ready”, and now is the right time to change the chief stylist.
Despite the fact that the appearance of both models has already been determined, Dacia “has several interesting ideas that have already been developed or are under development,” explained Denis Le Vot. He also expressed regret over the departure of Nurnberger, but noted that the designer left Dacia “for personal reasons.”
This is not the first change of the head of the design department for Dacia over the past year. So, in April 2021, the Spanish designer Alejandro Mesonero-Romanos was appointed to this position, but just a week later he moved to competitors – he was replaced by the Stellantis concern to work at Alfa Romeo.
Mesonero-Romanos was replaced by Miles Nurnberger, who, in addition to Aston Martin, had previously worked at Lincoln and Citroen. But he also left Dacia, so now the company is looking for a new stylist. As for the design of the brand’s next novelties, Duster and Bigster crossovers, it has not yet been officially presented, but Bigster was shown as a conceptual prototype, and later a spy photo of it appeared on the network.
It is known about the BIGSTER that it is built on the CMF-B platform — it was also supposed to form the basis of a new field, but due to the rupture of relations between Renault and AvtoVAZ, this will not happen. The BIGSTER engine line will include a 1.2-liter turbo 3 in several boost variants, and probably an internal combustion engine with an electric surplus, although this has not yet been officially confirmed. According to preliminary data, the crossover will cost “less than 40,000 euros.”
The BIGSTER will be a “highway” car for the family, and the Duster will retain the qualities of a utilitarian SUV with the change of generation.