I own one - and it has air suspension with up to 13"+ of ground clearance in Extended mode. Trust me - this is not a problem. This one isn't in extended mode - it doesn't even look to be in Off-Road 2, maybe only in Off-Road 1. My profile pic has mine in Off-Road 1. There are 4 off-road settings for the air suspension on the D5. I can say from first-hand experience, it is bad-ass.Do this where I live, and you won't have an oil pan:
At least it's all aluminum though. Hopefully there's a sport version with some more ground clearance.
The body cladding on the spy shots are obvious. Hopefully, the earlier test mule shots of a chopped Range Rover Sport body on it means the new Defender might be Body-on-Frame, but that's probably too much to ask. I've read unibody. Anyway, given how close the D5 came to its concept car (below, top), I would expect a profile much closer to the one shown here, at the bottom: