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1. WO2020109544 - STRUCTURAL FRAME FOR THE BODY OF A MOTOR VEHICLE

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CLAIMS

A structural frame for a body of a motor vehicle, the structural frame defining, at least in part, an occupant compartment of the vehicle, the structural frame comprising a pair of spaced pillars joined together at an upper region of each pillar to a roof crossmember and further joined together at respective points below the roof crossmember to a structural cross-brace, the structural cross-brace is further arranged to support a pair of spaced apart vehicle suspension connectors and, wherein the structural cross-brace projects from the pillars beyond the suspension connectors so that the space in the occupant compartment between the pillars is substantially unobstructed by the structural cross-brace and, at least a portion of the structural cross-brace is accommodated within the occupant compartment

The structural frame of claim 1, whereby the suspension connectors comprise or connect to at least one of: a shock tower; a strut tower; a suspension tower; a spring tower; and/or a wheel arch inner panel and, wherein the structural cross-brace is arranged to, at least in part, connect the suspension connectors to the roof crossmember via the pillars

The structural frame of claim 1 or 2, comprising a base to which the pair of spaced pillars are mounted at respective lower regions distal from the upper regions and roof crossmember and wherein the structural frame comprises one or more frame struts joining the structural cross-brace to the base

The structural frame of any preceding claim, whereby the structural cross-brace is arcuate in plan-view and extends substantially perpendicular to the pillars, the cross-brace extending from opposing end regions at the pillars towards a central region substantially at a centreline of the vehicle between the pillars and, wherein an inner face of the central region of the structural cross-brace is accommodated within the occupant compartment of the vehicle and an outer face of the central region of the structural cross-brace extends towards an exterior of the occupant compartment

The structural frame of claim 4, whereby the structural cross-brace is shaped to correspond with a glazing member of the vehicle, the glazing member located between the roof crossmember and the structural cross-brace and, wherein the structural crossbrace is provided with a glazing surface arranged to support and secure at least a portion of the glazing member so as to define, at least in part, a periphery of the occupant compartment

The structural frame of claim 4 or claim 5, whereby the structural cross-brace comprises an inner arc and an outer arc joined rigidly together by a stiffening flange interposed between the inner and outer arcs

The structural frame according to any preceding claim, whereby the structural cross-brace is further provided with mounting means with which to mount in the occupant compartment at least one of: a steering column; a display panel; a seating component; an energy absorbing passive occupant restraint device; a storage compartment; a vehicular user interface; an inflatable airbag; and/or an interior trim component

The structural frame according to any preceding claim wherein structural cross-brace defines a front end of the vehicle occupant compartment and/or a rear end of the vehicle occupant compartment

The structural frame of any preceding claim, wherein the structural cross-brace comprises a cross-member and a pair of arms which extend from the cross-member and secure the cross-brace to the pillars, the arms extending forwardly from the pillars such that the space between the pillars is unobstructed by the cross-member

10 The structural frame of claim 9, wherein at least part of each arm of the structural cross-brace is above one of the suspension connectors

11 The structural frame of claim 10, wherein each arm of the structural cross-brace is attached or attachable to a respective one of the suspension connectors

12 The structural frame of any preceding claim, wherein structural frame comprises a stiffening flange arranged to extend about an outer periphery of the structural cross-brace, where the outer periphery has a face that is directed away from the occupant compartment

13 The structural frame of claim 12, wherein the or a further stiffening flange extends about an inner periphery of the structural cross-brace, where the inner periphery has a face that is directed towards the occupant compartment

14 The structural frame according to claim 13 or claim 14, wherein the structural cross-brace comprises a flat plate from which the or each stiffening flange projects

15 The structural frame according to any preceding claim further comprising one or more frame struts joining the structural crossbrace to the roof member

16 A vehicle assembly comprising a structural frame according to any preceding claim and a suspension assembly connected to the structural frame at a plurality of suspension connectors

17 A vehicle body comprising the structural frame of any one of claims 1 to 15, wherein the structural cross-brace substantially conforms to a front profile of the vehicle body

18 A vehicle body according to claim 17, wherein an outer surface of the structural cross-brace defines, at least in part, an exterior surface of the vehicle body

19 A vehicle comprising a chassis assembly to which is mounted a structural frame according to any one of claims 1 to 15 or a vehicle body according to claim 17

20 The vehicle of claim 18, wherein the structural frame or vehicle body is detachably secured to the chassis assembly