The automotive chassis is the fundamental and essential structure usually made of material like steel to hold the vehicle body and support all the subsystems of the vehicle, the passengers and aids in driver safety at all time. The different types of loads viz. static loads like payloads and mass of the vehicle, dynamic loads from wheel–road interface, braking, acceleration, etc., are stressed on the chassis structure. This work is focused to scrutinize the design of the chassis structure by carrying out stress analysis. The loads are calculated for various scenarios and applied on the chassis structure with proper constraints. For modelling of the chassis, Creo Parametric modelling software is utilized, for meshing the finite element pre-processor. Hypermesh is used and the structural analysis solver. Optistruct is the postprocessor used to obtain the solution. © 2021, Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.