Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Eastern ON Canada
Car: 07 OBW 2.5i D-4AT
Feedback Score: 11 reviews
My 07 Owners Manual has an almost identical instruction, and it definitely does not release the catch -- all it does is unlock the mechanism so that the external handle will work.
If the 2011 is that much different, I'm surprised that the Owners Manual doesn't reflect it, and instead continues to say to that the lever releases the lock (in place of the keyless entry) and to then open the rear gate from the outside as usual. (Attached is from page 9-19 of the 2011 Owners Manual.)
This isn't the only misleading or incomplete information in the Owners Manual. it's disappointing that these small, but potentially important errors aren't corrected. (Another one, which is in the Owners Manuals since 2005, is that the AWD warning light will flash if the car is driven with a low, flat or different diameter tire. It doesn't.)