Fiat has shown trade union representatives the Mirafiori factory where the luxury Maserati Levante SUV will be built, according to Italian media reports.

Unions signatory to new contracts with Fiat had the opportunity to visit the assembly lines at Mirafiori, the reports said.

While parts of the plant are being rebuilt for the Levante and workers furloughed, the plant is still making models such as the Fiat Punto and Idea and Alfa Romeo MiTo, according to just-auto's Product Lifecycle Database (PLDB).

Fiat furloughed many of its 30,700 production employees in Italy during 2013 and the goal of the production plan for Mirafiori is to bring them as many as possible back by focusing on new vehicles such as the Levante.

Workers are on a tight deadline to ready the plant for the Levante by the end of 2015.

Rehires will be balanced between Mirafiori and Maserati's Grugliasco factory though plant allocations of most new models after the Levante have yet to be finalised.

Alfa's Giulia has been assigned to the Fiat plant at Cassino and another announcements are still awaited.

Levante production is expected to start between the end of 2015 and beginning of 2016.

A union representative was quoted as saying: "We have seen at first hand that Mirafiori is restarting... We have seen firsthand that there is a desire to bring back to life the plant." 

The start of production at Mirafiori is expected to be preceded by a period of training "on the job" for long-furloughed Fiat workers at Maserati's Grugliasco factory which currently makes the Quattroporte.

According to PLDB, Fiat-Chrysler originally planned to build Maserati's new SUV alongside the Jeep Grand Cherokee at Chrysler's Jefferson North plant in Detroit, CEO Sergio Marchionne told media at an event in November 2010. He also said then that the vehicle would likely use a Ferrari V8. Then in November 2012, the Fiat and Chrysler CEO reportedly told investors that the vehicle would instead be built "in Italy". This was eventually (September 2013) revealed as meaning Mirafiori, as had been expected.

Maserati's second SUV concept to be called Kubang revealed the brand's thinking of what this big 4x4 would look like when it was unveiled at the Frankfurt motor show in September 2011 (the first Kubang had debuted at the Detroit auto show in January 2003). Maserati management also stated at the Frankfurt show that the Kubang would have a standard eight-speed automatic gearbox. A large SUV for Alfa Romeo would also now be based upon the Grand Cherokee, Marchionne added.

At the Paris motor show in September 2012, Fiat stated that the model's name would be Levante, after the "Via Emilia Levante" in Bologna where the Maserati brothers originally envisioned the automaker. The model had for a time been expected to enter production in mid-2014. Engines for the Levante were expected to be: three-litre turbo V6, 3.8-litre turbo V8 and 3.0-litre diesel turbo V6.

In February 2014 came a new twist in the saga of this vehicle's development: Maserati CEO Harald Wester told CNN Money the vehicle was no longer based on the Jeep Grand Cherokee but rather Maserati's own Quattroporte and Ghibli sedans. A month later, at the Geneva show, Marchionne told media the Levante would now enter production "in 2015".

In June 2014, Maserati's CEO Harald Wester told journalists the unit was on track with its production and sales goals.

"We confirm our targets: 50,000 in 2015 and 75,000 in 2018," he said at an exhibition launch to celebrate the centenary of Maserati.

"In the first six months of this year we will have sold as many vehicles as in all of 2013 and 2013 was our best year," he added. The sales tally for 2013 was 15,400 cars. Wester said at the same event that the Levante would be launched in late 2015 or early 2016.

Annual production for this model is expected to be around 25,000 units in its early years.